Did The UFC Make A Decision On What To Do With Mike Perry?
Following disturbing footage featuring Mike Perry getting into an altercation with several individuals at a restaurant this past week, the UFC decided to take action.
Via a release, the promotion announced that it was “troubled” by the actions of Perry. It also stated that Perry will not be offered another fight until he seeks treatment for substance (alcohol) and behavioral counseling.
“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry. The conduct displayed by Perry is not reflective of that of our organization. Perry apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on UFC. He further acknowledged that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling.
“At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program.”
In a video released on social media, Perry (14-6) was seen being told to leave a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas after getting into an altercation with someone. He told the patrons to call the police as he went on a screaming tirade. An older man tried to get him to leave, and with Perry thinking he was mocking him, stated, “I’ll knock your old a** out” before landing a punch that appeared to knock the man down. He later yelled racial slurs while being told to calm down.
Before this, TMZ reported that Perry, who was with his girlfriend Latory Gonzalez, punched an employee who told him to leave the restaurant. Reports also stated that he hit another man and his girlfriend who confronted him. Perry was charged with a Class A assault and could face a fine of up to $500 in court. Not saying for his meal, Perry could also be charged with theft.
Perry is just coming off of a unanimous decision win over Mickey Gall back in June in Las Vegas. The only person in his corner was Gonzalez. The UFC may decide on his fight future after he receives treatment.
This is not the first time he was involved in violence outside of the octagon; Perry knocked out a man outside of an Orlando nightclub back in March. He also violated probation for a burglary charge with a battery arrest.