UFC: Mike Perry and Kevin Lee angling to fight each other

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 35, we saw a fun showdown in the welterweight division. Former interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee (18-7) moved back up to 170 pounds to take on the surging prospect Daniel Rodriguez (16-2).

In the first round at UFC Vegas 35, Kevin Lee was looking really good. He was able to get a takedown and had a lot of control in the round. This was Lee’s first fight since March of 2020.

Lee has dealt with a number of injuries that have kept him out of the octagon consistently over the past couple of years. In the second round, Lee’s inactivity might have really hurt him.

Rodriguez started to plot forward with a ton of pressure and Lee started to crumble. D-Rod hurt him badly and almost ended up finishing the fight in the second round. In the third round, Lee had more success, but was still outworked by Rodriguez.

Ultimately, all three judges gave the fight to Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 35. With the loss, Lee dropped to 2-5 in his last seven UFC appearances.

UFC interested in Lee – Perry?

A few years ago, Kevin Lee had a ton of momentum. On the heels of a massive submission win in a headliner against Michael Chiesa, the UFC gave him an interim title fight. He did well in that fight, but ultimately gassed out and lost.

That loss has sent Lee’s career spiraling downwards. Now, on this recent stretch, the UFC has to get creative with what to do with him next. He doesn’t need a newcomer and he also doesn’t need to fight someone in the rankings.

Kevin Lee needs an entertaining opponent that he can have a fun fight against. That is where Mike Perry (14-8) enters the picture. Platinum Perry is one of the most charismatic and polarizing figures in the UFC.

At one point in his UFC career, Perry looked like he was going to be a title challenger. However, he’s just 3-7 in his last ten fights. After Lee’s fight on Saturday, Perry said he wasn’t impressed on Twitter.

Lee responded saying he’d be down to fight in December. In all honesty, it’s a fight that makes a lot of sense. Would you be interested in the UFC booking Kevin Lee against Mike Perry?

After big win at UFC Vegas 23, what’s next for Daniel Rodriguez?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, Daniel Rodriguez (14-2) kicked off the main card on ABC against Mike Perry (14-8). The fight promised to be a scrap between two guys who always bring it when they step into the cage.

Perry was desperate for a win and Rodriguez was looking to bounce back after suffering his first UFC loss in his last time out. Heading into the fight, I wanted to see the cardio and wrestling of Daniel Rodriguez tested.

Mike Perry was able to do both of those things at UFC Vegas 23. D-Rod was forced to fight at a decent pace and he was forced to defend takedowns. Perry was able to get him down a couple of times, but overall, D-Rod defended very well.

When they were on the feet, Rodriguez did his thing. His straight left was brutalizing Mike Perry all night at UFC Vegas 23. Perry had no answer for it and it looked like he just didn’t see it coming.

When these two were striking, they looked like they were on completely different levels. D-Rod busted Perry up bad on his way to picking up a unanimous decision victory and the biggest victory in his young UFC career.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

As mentioned, this was a big win for Daniel Rodriguez. He is now 4-1 in the UFC and you could make the argument that he actually won his fight against Nicolas Dalby. He’s one decision away from being perfect after five appearances inside the octagon.

I think in his next fight, the UFC needs to give him a step up in competition and someone who is on the verge of being ranked. Rodriguez is only one big away from potentially cracking the top 15 at 170 pounds.

So who could the UFC pair him with? Well, I really like a potential matchup with him and Michel Pereira (25-11, 2 NC). Pereira is an entertaining wild man who has won back-to-back fights in the UFC. He’s another exciting contender who could just be a win or two away from a ranking.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 23, what’s next for Mike Perry?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, “Platinum” Mike Perry (14-8) and Daniel Rodriguez (14-2) kicked off the main card on ABC. Rodriguez was looking for the biggest name win of his career while Perry was desperately needing a bounce back win.

Mike Perry has been an interesting character for the UFC. His fighting style has always been entertaining and he knows how to draw attention. However, not all of the attention he’s drawn over the last year has been positive.

In fact, some of the outside the cage issues has just been a PR nightmare for the UFC. However, after the birth of his son late in 2020, Perry said he was rededicated to the sport. He started training at MMA Masters along with former UFC interim champion, Colby Covington.

Saturday was going to be a big test to show where he was at. Well, Perry was completely outclassed on the feet on Saturday. Daniel Rodriguez’s speed was too much for Perry and he repeatedly busted Perry up with stinging shots.

Perry showed some promise when he switched to his wrestling at UFC Vegas 23. “Platinum” was able to land a couple of takedowns, but he couldn’t get significant control time at any point. Ultimately, Rodriguez earned the decision victory with a very impressive performance.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

Two fights into his UFC career, Mike Perry was 9-0 overall. He looked like he was going to be someone who could be a contender in the welterweight division. He suffered his first loss to Alan Jouban, but then he bounced back with two big wins.

In late 2017, Perry took on Santiago Ponzinibbio and he was 11-1 overall. Starting with that fight, Perry is just 3-7 in his last ten fights in the UFC. After Saturday night, he posted on Instagram that he doesn’t know what happened to him. 

Perry also acknowledged that he only has one fight left on his UFC contract. I don’t see the promotion cutting Perry with one fight left, but his next fight is truly do or die when it comes to Mike Perry being in the UFC.

If he can come out and deliver an insane performance, perhaps the promotion brings him back on a short-term deal. However, if he suffers another loss, we may never see him inside the octagon again.

So, what should the UFC do with Perry? Well, there are a lot of option in the mid-tier of welterweights, but there is one option that I like for Perry’s next matchup.

One matchup I would watch is the winner of this weekend’s matchup between Jacob Malkoun (4-1) and Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-3). Whoever wins that matchup would want a step up in terms of name and Perry would fit the bill.

Daniel Rodriguez picks Mike Perry apart at UFC Vegas 23

Kicking off the main card of UFC Vegas 23 on ABC was a fun welterweight scrap between Mike Perry (14-7) and Daniel Rodriguez (13-2). Both of these men were looking to bounce back from losses in their last fights.

For Mike Perry, he’s looking for 2021 to be a lot better than 2020. Perry was in the news several times for things outside of his performances in the UFC. And inside the octagon, his last performance left much to be desired.

Perry badly missed weight and lost a decision to Tim Means. However, Perry seems to have rededicated himself after the birth of his son. Perry has been training with the likes of Colby Covington and he made weight with no problems this weekend.

Daniel Rodriguez suffered his first UFC loss in his last fight back in December. That loss snapped a nine-fight win streak that brought him to the octagon. Both of these men were in need of a big win today.

UFC Vegas 23 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 23 welterweight contest opened with a touch of the gloves. Perry opens the striking with a good leg kick. Rodriguez throws a high kick and tries to follow with a left, but both miss.

As Perry steps in, Rodriguez pops him with a left. Rodriguez looks incredibly quick on the feet here in round one. Perry comes in again, but Rodriguez clips him with a counter. Good body kick lands for Rodriguez, but Perry counters with a right.

A big 1-2 lands for D-Rod that hurts Mike Perry. Rodriguez pushes forward to pour it on, but Perry recovered quickly. Again, the speed Rodriguez was really bothering Mike Perry here in the first round.

Another big 1-2 lands for D-Rod and he follows it with another big 1-2. Perry shoots in and gets deep on a double leg and he slams Rodriguez to the ground. Perry spends the rest of the round on top, but I still give the round to Rodriguez. 1-0 D-Rod after one at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 2

Going into the second round at UFC Vegas 23 and it’s apparent that Mike Perry needs to go to his wrestling. A good calf kick opens the striking for Mike Perry here in the second. Rodriguez looks for the 1-2, but he was a bit out of range.

Both men trade big body kicks. A nice straight left hand lands for Rodriguez. D-Rod pops the head of Mike Perry with back-to-back crisp jabs. Another stiff jab lands for Rodriguez.

Rodriguez lands another nice combination, but Perry shoots in and gets a body lock. Perry uses that to get another takedown. However, with both men close to the fence, Rodriguez was able to get back up.

Perry is coming forward with the pressure, but Rodriguez hits him with a clean uppercut. Straight left hand from D-Rod pops the head of Mike Perry. At range, Daniel Rodriguez was doing damage to Mike Perry.

Three big shots land for Rodriguez and Perry was looking a little busted up. Another 1-2 lands for Rodriguez. Perry tries to get another takedown in the final seconds, but couldn’t get D-Rod down. After two here at UFC Vegas 23 it’s 2-0 Daniel Rodriguez.

Round 3

Heading into the final round here at UFC Vegas 23 and Mike Perry is going to need a finish in this one. Perry comes forward to start the round, but couldn’t land in the opening exchange.

A nice leg kick starts the striking for Rodriguez. D-Rod moves forward and lands a good body kick and follows it with a couple of clean shots. Perry shoots in for a takedown, however, Rodriguez defended well and they went back to striking.

Big straight left hand connects for D-Rod. Both men were looking tired here in third. Perry’s back was against the fence and Rodriguez was just touching him up with straight shots.

Perry circles out to take the center and he starts trying to throw. However, Rodriguez continued to just pick him apart. The straight left was really hurting Mike Perry here in the third round.

A massive 1-2 staggers Perry briefly. Daniel Rodriguez shoots for a takedown, however, Perry was still able to defend. Perry’s face is busted up badly, but he didn’t stop fighting until the final bell. However, D-Rod should pick up the win here at UFC Vegas 23.

Daniel Rodriguez def. Mike Perry by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

UFC Vegas 23 Preview: Mike Perry – Daniel Rodriguez

Tomorrow afternoon on the main card of UFC Vegas 23, we will see a fun scrap in the welterweight division. The polarizing “Platinum” Mike Perry (14-7) is back as he takes on Daniel Rodriguez (13-2).

Mike Perry is quite the character, but he’s been a PR headache for the UFC. 2020 was filled with outside of the octagon issues with Perry, but after the birth of his son, he says that he’s a changed man.

He definitely seems more serious about tomorrow’s fight than his previous matchup. Perry took on Tim Means back at UFC 255 and badly missed weight. Means would go on to outstrike Perry to win a decision.

This could be a do or die fight for Mike Perry. While he’s never in a boring fight, he’s also just 3-6 in his last nine trips inside the octagon. He’s got a big test in front of him and he’s fighting for everything tomorrow.

Daniel Rodriguez also fought at UFC 255 where he lost a decision to Nicholas Dalby. That loss snapped a nine-fight win streak for Rodriguez. D-Rod made his UFC debut in February of 2020 and won his first three fights prior to the loss to Dalby.

UFC Vegas 23 Prediction

One thing that makes me very intrigued by this UFC Vegas 23 matchup is the game plan of Mike Perry. He’s been training down at MMA Masters with the likes of top contender, Colby Covington.

We’ve seen Perry use his wrestling at times, but he’s mostly happy to just strike and brawl with his opponents. That’s not going to be a wise strategy at UFC Vegas 23.

I believe Rodriguez has the cleaner striking and I think he has more pop on his shots. We’ve seen Rodriguez get drawn into brawls as well, but his better technical skills could play here.

If I’m Mike Perry’s corner, I’m telling him to wrestle. If he comes heavy with the wrestling and mixes in occasional striking, I believe he can win a decision here. However, I don’t have faith that’s going to happen. I think these two stand and ultimately, Rodriguez will get the better of Perry at UFC Vegas 23.

Prediction: Daniel Rodriguez by Unanimous Decision

UFC booking Mike Perry – Daniel Rodriguez

One of the most controversial fighters in the UFC has his next date. Fighter Path was the first to report that “Platinum” Mike Perry (14-7) is going to be taking on Daniel Rodriguez (13-2) in his next fight.

The bout will take place at the UFC‘s Fight Night that is currently scheduled for April 10th. 2020 was a very eventful year for Mike Perry. He was in the news for a number of reasons and the majority were not positive.

There was footage of him getting into a bar fight and he also posted disturbing things online. However, there were some positive moments for Perry. He had a good win over Mickey Gall back in June and just after the new year, he became a father.

Perry also made headlines by having his fiancé be his only corner member for his win over Mickey Gall. The last time we saw Perry was back at UFC 255 when he took on Tim Means. Perry badly missed weight for the fight after filming himself eating junk food a few days before the weigh-ins.

The fight was incredibly entertaining and Means won the decision. No matter what people say about Mike Perry, they have to admit that he brings it inside the octagon. His opponent on April 10th is coming off of his first loss in the UFC.

UFC welterweight matchup

Standing opposite of Mike Perry on April 10th will be Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez made his UFC debut last year against Tim Means and won by submission. He then went on to defeat Gabriel Green and Dwight Grant before dropping a decision to Nicolas Dalby.

That loss at UFC 255 snapped a nine-fight win streak for Rodriguez. This is the highest profiled fight that Rodriguez has ever had. Whenever Perry fights, he seems to draw a lot of attention and I’m not expecting anything different.

Worth noting that this fight is taking place at 170 pounds. Hopefully we will see Perry be a little more disciplined in his approach and make the weight he’s contracted to make. Either way, this should be a fun scrap in April.

UFC’s Mike Perry ‘Spills own blood’ in alarming social media posts

2020 was a very eventful year for the UFC‘s Mike Perry (14-7). Perry had two fights inside the octagon, however, it was what happened outside the octagon that made headlines nationally.

For starters, Perry punched an old man in a bar while yelling the N-Word. Then, Perry was accused of domestic violence by his ex, and then he badly missed weight for his last fight at UFC 255.

Inside the octagon, Perry went 1-1. However, he also raised eyebrows by fighting with no coaches and choosing to have his fiancé in his corner for his last couple of fights. Perry has also been very active on social media and not in a good way.

Starting yesterday, Perry tweeted messages regarding anyone coming up to him and asking him a question. Now, I completely understand where he’s coming from in the sense of wanting privacy.

However, the manner in which Perry voiced the message was a little concerning. Then today, the UFC welterweight tweeted out saying that he’s happy to spill his own blood because whatever he does is not enough so he acts out.

The UFC welterweight also posted the below video of himself after he seemingly put his foot through a glass window. Please be advised that the video does contain some graphic images. 

Should the UFC get involved?

Stating the obvious here, but Mike Perry needs some serious help. The man is just not all there mentally and needs help. The UFC needs to step in and do one of two things in my opinion.

The first thing they should do is try and get this guy the help he needs. He’s a good fighter with a ton of personality who just needs some help controlling his emotions. Perhaps the UFC could assist with that.

If they can’t get him any help, they need to cut him and move on. Perry is a PR nightmare for the UFC as things currently stand. He’s constantly bringing negative attention to himself and the sport.

I actually really like Mike Perry. He’s incredibly entertaining and the guy is incredibly tough when he steps into the octagon. I want to see him get things worked out. However, if things keep going down this path, the promotion needs to move on.

As roster cuts loom, who could be let go from the UFC?

After Yoel Romero was released, UFC President Dana White stated that the promotion was likely going to cut 60 plus fighters before the end of the year. He said we’d likely see some big names exit the UFC.

Since the Romero release, we haven’t seen a ton of high profile names get released from the UFC. We saw Rachael Ostovich be let go, however, that really isn’t that much of a surprise considering she’s lost a lot in her tenure.

One of the fighters that I’ve speculated about is Tyron Woodley. The former UFC welterweight champion has been completely dominated in three straight fights. Factoring that in with his age and he’s a prime release candidate.

Woodley doesn’t have the looks of someone who can be UFC champion again. Combining that also with the fact that he’s been a headache for Dana White and again, you have more reasons as to why he could get released.

Of course, there has been no official talk of this, but I’m just thinking of logical candidates. There are several other high profile fighters who could be released by the UFC. Let’s take a look at a few options.

Three big names the UFC could release

Shogun Rua

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (27-12-1) could be one of the fighters that will be on the UFC chopping block. The former light heavyweight champion just turned 39 years old and really doesn’t have the looks of a top contender anymore.

Shogun was just stopped by Paul Craig at UFC 255. It was a really poor performance from Shogun and he ultimately tapped to strikes in the second round of the fight. Shogun has had a great run, but it’s clear that he’s nearing the end.

After the fight was over, Shogun said that he would think about retiring from the sport altogether. However, if he doesn’t want to retire, he might finish off his career with another promotion. If he wants to continue, he could be a fighter released by the UFC.

Mike Perry

There might not be a fighter who is more of PR nightmare for the UFC than Mike Perry (14-7). Outside of actually competing in the cage, Perry’s 2020 has consisted of domestic violence allegations, punching an old man in a bar, and getting rid of all his coaches.

His last two UFC fights, he’s been cornered by his girlfriend and another friend of his. Perry also badly missed weight for his last UFC fight. He’s incredibly fun to watch, however, he has a lot of issues. He also doesn’t appear to be taking his fighting career seriously.

I personally don’t think the UFC is going to cut Perry at the moment. Dana White seems to be a fan of watching him inside the cage. However, it’s very clear that Perry is on thin ice right now and I wouldn’t be shocked if things turned around and he was cut by the promotion.

Junior Dos Santos

Out of all the potential UFC roster cuts, this is the one I don’t want to see. However, it’s one that could happen. Former heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos (21-9) could find himself on the chopping block.

JDS is looking at a four-fight losing streak where he’s been finished in all four fights. There are moments in those fights where you can see glimpses of the former UFC champion. However, all four have reminded us that he’s no longer the same fighter.

I’m a massive fan of JDS as a person and a fighter. However, the reality is that he’s no longer a serious contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division. He appears focused on continuing to fight, but the UFC might not want him to continue with their promotion with that finish streak.

What should the UFC do with Mike Perry?

This past Saturday night at UFC 255, Mike Perry (14-7) fought on the main card when he took on Tim Means (31-12-1, 1 NC). Perry has made headlines outside of the octagon for all of his troubles.

Those troubles include domestic violence accusations and a bar fight where he knocked out an old man. Still, Perry finds himself competing in the UFC‘s welterweight division. However, he messed up again last week.

After taunting Tim Means a week before the fight while eating cheeseburgers, Perry missed weight by 4.5 pounds. He wasn’t even close and normally this is something that infuriates UFC President Dana White.

Once the fights were over, I was expecting White to be more of a critic of Perry. However, White said in the post-fight press conference that Mike Perry is entertaining. The UFC 255 contest with Means was very entertaining.

In the first round, Perry was able to get Tim Means to the ground and get his back. The next two rounds were completely on the feet with Means getting the better of the exchanges. However, Perry did land some bombs and the fight was fun to watch.

What does the UFC do with Perry?

Now that the fight is over, we can start to think about what’s next. In reality, Mike Perry has been a PR nightmare for the UFC this year. In addition to that, he’s just 3-6 in his last nine fights inside the octagon.

I really do enjoy watching Mike Perry compete in the octagon. As Dana White said, he’s a ton of fun to watch. I also believe that Mike Perry has a lot of talent. He’s just got some issues he really needs to work through.

He needs to get himself in a good camp and he needs to take fighting more serious. While he’s entertaining, nobody can look at Mike Perry right now and say he’s a serious contender in the UFC.

I think the promotion needs to have a serious intervention with Perry. They need to be blunt about him getting his life together. If he can’t show that he’s willing to take it serious, he has no business in the UFC.

There are so many contenders that are just itching to get their chance with the promotion. I don’t think the promotion will cut Perry, but I think they keep him on the condition that he straightens up. His leash should be extremely short with the promotion.

Mike Perry badly misses weight for UFC 255

Tomorrow night, one of the more interesting characters in MMA is returning to fight at UFC 255. That character would be Mike Perry (14-6) who is set to take on Tim Means (30-12-1) on the main card tomorrow night.

Perry was originally supposed to face Robbie Lawler tomorrow night. However, Lawler had to pull out of UFC 255 with an injury and Means stepped in on short notice to take the fight against Perry.

Very early this morning, Perry started tweeting out issues about his weight cut for UFC 255. In one tweet, Perry even said, “Maybe I should just lay the gloves down. I don’t want it. I’m just in over my head with this weight.”

All morning there have been questions on whether Perry was being serious or if he was faking. However, we learned today at the weigh ins that Perry’s struggle were obviously very real.

Perry stepped to the scale today and told the commissioner, “Baby, we not even close.” While standing on the scale, Perry’s weight was called out at a staggering 175.5 which is 4.5 pounds over the welterweight limit. As of now, the fight is still on for tomorrow night.

UFC 255 Prediction

For what it’s worth, Tim Means did successfully weigh in for UFC 255. Going on the assumption that the fight is still going to take place tomorrow night, it just got even more difficult for Mike Perry.

For Perry to be successful in this fight, I figured he would have to use his wrestling. I really don’t see him outstriking Means over three rounds unless he’s able to land something massive and finish Means.

I was leaning towards Means before this weight cut issue at UFC 255. Factoring this in really doesn’t help Mike Perry in my eyes. Perry was trying to win his second fight in a row and Means was also looking to win his second fight in a row.

I think when the cage door closes, Mike Perry is going to show his toughness tomorrow. He’s going to try to come forward, but I don’t think his cardio is going to hold. I think Means picks him apart over the final two rounds and takes a decision or a finish in this one.

Prediction: Tim Means by Unanimous Decision