Mike Perry met with media ahead of his three-round welterweight bout at UFC Vegas 23.
To say Mike Perry’s UFC career has been a rollercoaster of emotions would be an understatement. After amassing an impressive 4-1 record upon joining the promotion in 2016, Perry is 3-6 in his last nine bouts, and walks into UFC Vegas 23 with an even 7-7 record in the promotion.
Not only did he lose his most recent bout by unanimous decision to Tim Means, but Perry, who has fought at welterweight for the vast majority of his career, tipped the scales at 175.5 pounds. Earlier this year, he posted a video of himself laying in a puddle of blood to his Instagram story.
Days after that wild video, Perry and his fiancee Latory Gonzalez announced the birth of their son, Ocean. Now a father, Perry says he feels better than he’s ever felt, siting his newborn son as a reason to change the way he acts.
“My son means the world to me and my family and my life” Perry said. “He just lit this fire that I didn’t know was going to happen. I’m happy for it and I’m grateful for it and I’m going to stay humble. Now I have a reason to be a role model. I never really cared to be some type of role model before, but now I have someone that I’m going to teach everything to.”
Mike Perry will face Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 23
The first man up for the newly-remastered “Papa Perry” is a fellow welterweight, Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who went 3-1 in 2020, is 13-2 overall with seven knockout victories. The two high-intensity welterweights should provide the UFC Vegas 23 main card with a memorable brawl.
Perry is looking forward to this Saturday’s event but doesn’t plan on going out of his way for the fans who fell in love with his “platinum” fighting style.
“I got a fight on Saturday, I got a family to take care of. The fans want to tune in they’re going to say whatever they want to say before or after the fight and they’re going to watch anyway. This one and probably the next one.”
If I can bring some new fans I’m happy about that – I’m not saying that I’m not trying to bring new fans, I’m just saying that the ones that watch are going to watch and they’re going to criticize. But they’re not going to cut weight and get in the gym like I do and do what I do.”
UFC Vegas 23 takes place on Saturday, April 10, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.