Mike Perry Laments Recent UFC Slump: ‘I Used to Be Great’

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 11, 2021

For a period of time, it looked as though Mike Perry would have a long-term place in the UFC based on his reputation as an action fighter alone.

Lately, however, the welterweight has not been competitive, and losses in four of his last five Octagon appearances — along with numerous issues outside of the cage — have put his future with the Las Vegas-based promotion in doubt. Perry was bloodied and battered in his latest outing, dropping a three-round verdict to Daniel Rodriguez in a featured affair at UFC on ABC 2 this past Saturday.

By the end of the contest, Perry had a cut and swelling near his left eye mand his already disfigured nose looked like it might have been broken again. More importantly, Perry didn’t offer much for his opponent outside of a successful takedown late in Round 1, as he was outlanded by a lopsided 129-to-61 count in signficant strikes.

While expressing confusing regarding his latest struggles, Perry revealed in a post-fight statement that he has one bout remaining on his current UFC deal.

“I [used] to be great. [I don’t know] what happened,” Perry wrote. “I have a fight left on my contract. I’ll train hard, I’ll give it my all for my family. Whatever I have to do to give them a better life. I’ll bleed every day for them if I have to.”

After operating as an independent fighter with girlfirend Latory Gonzalez as his lone corner, Perry found a training home at MMA Masters in Miami, and he also claimed to have found new purpose following the recent birth of his son.“Platinum” has won just three of 10 promotional appearances after beginning his tenure with wins in four of his first five bouts.

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