Mike Perry may miss some time after a video surfaced yesterday of him in a physical altercation at a bar.
In a statement, the UFC said Perry apologized for his actions and “committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling.” The promotion will also not offer Perry a fight until he completes the treatment program.
“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry,” the UFC’s statement read. “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 the video, Perry was seen yelling in a restaurant in Texas. Upon leaving, Perry threw a punch at an older man and dropped him. Following the punch, Perry was screaming racial slurs.
Mike Perry in a bar fight last night over someone “touching him”.— MMA Eejit 🇮🇪 (@MMAEejit) July 8, 2020
This is pretty disgusting behaviour from a UFC calibre fighter. Acting like a complete child. pic.twitter.com/ZAuxZTtXtW
The Lubbock Police Department is investigating Perry for one count of misdemeanor assault. At this time no arrest has been made and no charges have been filed.
According to the incident report, the incident started before Perry punched the man. Perry was eating at “The Table 82” restaurant with his girlfriend. Another male patron of the restaurant told police he got into a verbal altercation with Perry and challenged him to a fight. The male patron said one of Gonzalez’s friends got in between them, and Perry reached around her and slapped him in the face.
The Table 82 general manager told police that Perry hit the male patron, hit Gonzalez’s friend and then struck another man who had left the scene. He also added that Perry punched him on the left side of the face.
The man that was struck by Perry on video was transported to the Covenant Medical Center and was interviewed by police there. Initially the man had no recollection of the incident, but after a few minutes, he recalled following Perry and telling him he saw him hit the general manager, but he did not remember anything after that.
Perry told police that he was attempting to leave the restaurant when people put his hands on him. Perry said the older man grabbed at his face and shirt, so he struck him in retaliation. The incident began earlier, Perry said, when the male patron made a comment about his girlfiend. Perry said he didn’t strike the man, nor his girlfriend’s female friend. He said he was trying to grab the female friend by the wrist, because she was clawing at him.
Perry said he grabbed the male patron’s wrist and then the patron pushed his face back. According to Perry that is when the general manger came out and put his hand on Perry’s shoulder. Perry said he pushed the general manager’s face, too, and told everyone not to touch him.
This not Perry’s first run in with the law. Perry was on probation on a burglary charge in 2014 when he violated the probation with a battery arrest, according to court records. As a result of violating the probation, Perry spent six months in a Florida jail.
The 28-year old last fought at UFC on ESPN 12 on June 27. He defeated Mickey Gall by unanimous decision.