UFC president Dana White reacted after it was accounted that former UFC welterweight fighter Mike Perry has signed a contract with BKFC.
Perry lost a decision to Daniel Rodriguez back in April and, following that fight, his contract with the UFC expired. After taking several months off to think about his next move, Perry ultimately decided that the best move for his career was to sign with BKFC. On Tuesday, BKFC president David Feldman officially announced the move that Perry had joined his bare-knuckle promotion.
Not long after, White spoke to the media following Tuesday night’s Contender Series and he was asked to comment on the Perry situation. According to White, this was not a situation where Perry was cut by the UFC. Instead, his contract had run out, and he decided that BKFC was where he wanted to go. White holds no ill will towards Perry and wishes him well in BKFC.
“His contract had expired (with the UFC). Mike Perry is a fun fighter, I mean he’s had so many fun fights here. I wish him the best,” White said.
Perry’s deal with BKFC is for three fights, so for the next year or so he will be locked up in that promotion. Following his contract with BKFC, he could continue to stick around the promotion for future fights. Then again, he could also potentially move back to MMA or even move to professional boxing at that point. But the hope is that Perry does very well in BKFC and that this contract signing turns out well for everyone involved. For now, we await Perry’s first opponent.
Are you surprised the UFC and Dana White didn’t try harder to re-sign Mike Perry, or do you think it was the best move for everyone involved that he joined BKFC instead?