Motorcycle accident leaves MMA announcer fighting for his life
Antonio Perkins is used to sitting ringside for a mixed martial arts bout or boxing match, but the fight of his life turned out to be a motorcycle accident in January 2023.
The 45-year-old sports announcer from Arlington credits the team at Methodist Dallas Medical Center for pulling him back from the brink, especially when he was unconscious for six days in the intensive care unit, he says.
“I didn’t have a voice to say, ‘Help me.’ I didn’t have a voice to say, ‘I want to live,’” Antonio says. “To all the nurses and doctors, thank you for being that voice for me. Thank you for speaking up and saving my life and getting me back home.”
On a January evening around 9 p.m., Antonio was riding along State Highway 67 when he collided with a car that was merging into his lane. The crash fractured his ribs and pelvis, lacerated his liver and lungs, and nearly severed his right leg.
Other commuters got out of their cars to help, while someone called 911 and a good Samaritan tended to his leg.
“I believe that God had his arms wrapped around me and saved me,” he says. “Some people believe in angels, and I got to tell you, there was an angel there that day.”
An unidentified witness applied a tourniquet to his right leg, which ultimately saved Antonio’s life.
Perkins is an MMA announcer for Xtreme Knockout in Texas and will return to action on May 26.