Mike Perry is ready to go for BKFC gold.
The former UFC welterweight enjoyed a successful debut in the sport after earning a unanimous decision win over fellow UFC alumni Julian Lane in the BKFC Knucklemania 2 co-headliner last night.
It was a back-and-forth encounter that saw Perry drop Lane early in the first round. However, Lane fought back and had his moments as the fight lasted the full five rounds.
Perry, though, did enough to earn the win and is now 1-0 in his bare knuckle boxing career. So what’s next for “Platinum”?
He plans on working on his hands — both in terms of strength and technique.
“I need a little bit of time to work on the strength of my hands,” Perry told The Schmo backstage after the win. “Focus on some technical ways to punch. I was slipping and moving and sometimes when I got a little too patient, Julian was able to come at me. He was used to it, getting hit and bleeding, so he got tougher as the fight went on.
“I would like to do a little more like that, get tougher. Not take the damage that I took, I got to be more slick.”
Mike Perry Ready To Challenge For 175-Pound Title
When Perry does work on improving his game in the meantime, he hopes to come back and fight for the 175-pound middleweight championship.
And after how his debut went, “Platinum” is sure he is more than ready to become a champion.
“I think I am ready for the championship fight,” Perry added. “When one of my corners was like, ‘they might call for the sudden death round,’ I prepared myself. I put my mouthpiece back in my mouth. I was ready every round, I went up to that line, I towed that line.
“… That was a hell of a way to be introduced. It brought me back to my roots, where I’m from — the original Platinum Perry. And we’re gonna come back better, stronger, faster and soon.”
Former UFC title challenger Thiago Alves is the current 175-pound champion and a potential fight with Perry would certainly draw some eyeballs.
You can watch the full interview below: