The co-main event for UFC on ESPN 12 this weekend is an interesting one to say the least.
While Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker have been quietly training for a chance to hold some leverage for a possible title shot after the champion and Justin Gaethje finish their business, you can’t say the same for Mike Perry. “Platinum” Perry has had an interesting camp and has been very vocal about what has been going on in his life when it comes to training.
Perry announced that his girlfriend, yes his girlfriend, will be cornering him by herself for his fight against Mickey Gall. Perry has been on record speaking with MMA Junkie saying “I only need her to give me water, I don’t need coaches.” As if the oddities of this camp were not enough, Perry recently posted a picture of his face and knuckles with gashes only a week out from his scheduled fight. Perry has also been in an ongoing feud with UFC middleweight Darren Till.
While having distractions all over social media, Mike Perry has always been a fan favorite. The 13-6 fighter has 11 TKO victories over his career. Perry is known for his wild fights and “someone is getting knocked out” attitude. Perry is coming off of two losses, including a 1st round KO loss to Geoff Neal at UFC 245.
Gall (6-2) is still very young in his career with the UFC, even though all of his professional fights but one have been with the promotion. Since going 3-0 to start with the UFC, Gall has had a tough time putting together a streak. Most recently defeating Salim Touahri, his first decision victory. Gall isn’t very worried about Perry’s interesting corner choices.
Each fighter is looking for something different. Perry is looking to prove a point, that he can win on his own, and with losses in his last two he needs a victory. Gall is looking for a win over a big name in the UFC. Gall who has 5 submissions to his resume, has a big ground advantage against the striker in Perry. For Gall to win in this fight he will need to take this one to the ground early. Perry has a striking advantage, and has shown a willingness to take insane amounts of punishment on the feet.
Many questions stand for this bout. Most of which revolve around Perry and his camp, which will look to be answered this Saturday June 29th in Las Vegas. Gall, since surging onto the scene especially after defeating Sage Northcutt, has stalled in his growth and a win over Perry could reignite the hype for the 28-year-old. One looking for the big knockout, one looking to exploit a weaker opponent on the ground, find out this Saturday who implements their strength.
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