UFC welterweights Robbie Lawler and Mike Perry are scheduled to collide in what promises to be a banger this November.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was first to report on Thursday that Lawler (28-15, 1NC) and Perry (14-6) would face off at UFC 255. While the event does not have an official location announced, it’s anticipated that the show will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lawler, a former 170lb champion with the organization, last fought at UFC Fight Night 175, where he lost a unanimous decision against Neil Magny. That fight was Lawler’s fourth straight loss, a startling fall for a fighter previously dominant. In fact Lawler’s only victory since the loss of his welterweight title to Tyron Woodley in 2016 came over Donald Cerrone the following year.
Perry has had slightly better fortunes of late, at least inside the cage. ‘Platinum’ is coming off a dominant win over Mickey Gall, in which Perry took home a unanimous decision win — with only his girlfriend in his corner.
However, just when it seemed like Perry had his career back on track, with the win snapping a two-fight skid, he was caught on camera knocking out a restaurant patron nearly twice his age at a Texas eatery, and hurling racial slurs.
Perry, ultimately, was not charged, but was forced into what ESPN has called an “intensive” 30-day anger management program. The UFC had previously said they would not book Perry in a fight until he had completed some form of treatment.