Mike Perry believes he will go down with a record similar to Mike Tyson.
UFC veteran Mike Perry had an extensive 15-fight run in the promotion with seven wins and eight losses. He was let go by the company after they chose not to re-sign him following two consecutive defeats with the latest one coming to Daniel Rodriguez last April. Perry had dropped four of his final five with a sole win over Mickey Gall prior to the release.
He went on to sign with BKFC in October 2021 and won his debut against Julian Lane.
Mike Perry says his record will be like Mike Tyson
In an appearance on This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von, Mike Perry shared his thoughts on how he sees his career going ahead. If everything goes according to plan, ‘Platinum’ believes he will share more than just the first name as he aims to have a similar record and attributes with the legendary boxer.
“The movie guys aren’t going to be there, they ain’t for it, they don’t want the smoke. I’m going to keep fighting, I’m only 30.
“By the time I’m 45, I would have the record and attributes of Mike Tyson. Who gets down like me? Nobody gets down like me.”
Perry thinks MMA fighters are missing out by dismissing bare-knuckle fighting
Bare-knuckle boxing is often criticized for its grittiness and raw violence. Most MMA fighters, especially those on the higher rungs of the financial ladder, are dismissive of the idea of competing in the sport. In a similar context, Tyson talked about creating a YouTube boxing league and becoming the champion of it.
‘Platinum’ previously fought boxer Michael Seals in a boxing vs MMA bout on a card promoted by Triller. He name-dropped a bunch of headline-making athletes to get himself in the mix of those opportunities.
“I’m a fighter, I will fight anyone, I will fight anything. Me vs. Mike Tyson, me vs. Jon Jones, me vs. Jake Paul, me vs. Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather. I’m trying to put myself in the winning category. There’s no disrespect obviously. Me vs. Kamaru Usman.
Perry thinks that it’s the wrong attitude to have and he doesn’t want to consider himself too special for it. As per the 30-year-old, the UFC might look good during its high moments but bare-knuckle provides more of an insight into what real combat looks like.
“UFC’s pretty big and it looks good when they’re champions, winning their championships. They got their nice-looking belt, they changed the belt.
“Do I ever want to be so special that I would look at the sport of bare-knuckle boxing and not give it its respect and say, ‘I ain’t doing that sh*t. That sh*t looks terrible, I’m not doing that.’ Hell no!
“It might look terrible a lot of the time but when it does look good or you see someone beat the f**k outta somebody, you’re like, ‘that guy needs a challenge.’ There should be two monsters in there really showing what real combat is like, bare-knuckle, punching in the face, and you can hold a little bit to try to protect yourself but mostly separate and box.”
Mike Perry is slated to face Bellator veteran Michael ‘Venom’ Page on August 20, 2022, in the main event at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 27: London.