It was a ‘Platinum’ night in Sunrise, Florida last night at UFC Fort Lauderdale as one of the biggest characters in the UFC bounced back into the win column after a serious scare during fight week. ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry is one of our favourites here at Paddy Power Towers, and the always-entertaining Florida native delivered the goods with another fun-filled appearance – and a unanimous decision victory – after an eventful week, to say the least.
First, he paid tribute to his teammate and Brazilian star Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza by adopting his ‘Alligator Crawl’ into the octagon. Then he had fans in stitches as he killed time in the octagon waiting for his opponent Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira to make his walk to the cage.
It’s always interesting to watch the first fighter in the cage as their opponent makes their walk. Sometimes they eyeball their opponent, sometimes they pace back and forth, sometimes they turn and chat with their cornermen as they receive a final pep talk before the battle ahead. However, Perry did none of these things.
Instead, the super-relaxed Floridian let the rhythm of Oliveira’s walkout music take over, as he busted out an array of dance moves in his corner while a grinning Oliveira did the same in the prep point. Basically, it was a UFC dance-off.
It's a DANCE OFF 🕺
Mike Perry just couldn't resist busting a move to Cowboy Oliveira's walkout song 😂
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 28, 2019
“I had the time of my life out there. I was livin’ it up,” he said after the fight. “I was dancing, I was feeling good, I was throwing hard shots…As long as the fans enjoyed it, I had a good time! In between rounds I really wasn’t listening to my corners. I was so focused all night, it was so crazy. It was just the passion I had.
“I came here to have a good time and I was loving it all. That’s why I was dancing like that. I was feeling good, I was staying focused. My focus was all on him. I’m a 10-fight vet in the UFC, now, and I’m only getting better.”
Dancing inside the octagon is nothing new for Perry, mind you. He’s celebrated big wins with a spot of impromptu breakdancing in the past, as he marked his stunning elbow KO of former contender Jake Ellenberger with some 1980s-inspired moves.
Never a dull moment when "Platinum" Mike Perry is involved!
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 25, 2019
And in the post-fight presser, Perry revealed that he survived a scary incident during fight week where he accidentally hung himself using an athletic resistance band and needed to be revived by main eventer and teammate Jacare Souza, and fellow UFC fighter Alan Patrick, who saw he had lost consciousness.
Perry says the episode gave him an epiphany, and he will strive to simply be himself and embrace the whole experience of being a UFC star moving forward. And that can only be good news for the fans, as he’s one of the most entertaining characters in the game.
Ten fights into his UFC career, Perry has won six and lost four in an overall 13-4 career. And with the American hoping for a matchup with Darren Till further down the line, we could see two of our welterweight favourites going head to head inside the octagon.
Whatever the UFC has planned for Perry, you can bet he’ll bring the fire – and the fun – just like he always does.