In the least surprising pairing of all time, former UFC welterweight Mike Perry is now a member of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
“Platinum” Mike Perry has been a member of the UFC’s roster since 2016. However, according to a press release from Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, he now has a new home, and it is not going to be inside of a cage.
According to BKFC, and also teased on social media by Perry himself, the controversial fighter has officially signed with the Florida-based BKFC. Perry reportedly had one fight left on his UFC contract following his loss to Daniel Rodriguez in April, but it seems likely that the promotion actually released Perry before his last fight could be booked. Which honestly doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as he had lost four of his last five fights prior to his release.
Perry originally joined the UFC as an interesting striking prospect in 2016. Over time, Perry became less of a championship contender and more of a fan favorite that while entertaining, was a level below the top 10. Across his five-year UFC run, “Platinum” Mike Perry did beat some very good competition, as he holds victories over the likes of Jake Ellenberger, Paul Felder, Alex Oliveira, and Mickey Gall.
BKFC President Dave Feldman provided a comment to MMA Fighting regarding the signing, saying: “We’re thrilled to bring Mike aboard to our vast stable of exciting fighters. Over the last seven years, he’s proven to be one of the toughest fighters in mixed martial arts and his skill set along with his aggressive style works very well for our growing international fan base.”
Perry’s debut date has yet to be confirmed but more details will reportedly be given in the coming weeks. According to the promotion’s Twitter, he will officially be throwing down at 175 pounds in the BKFC ring.