Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight knockout artist Mike Perry collided with newcomer Alex Reyes last night (Sept. 16, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 116 inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
One of the division’s most violent prospects, Perry was supposed to compete in a surefire brawl with Thiago Alves. Hurricane Irma complications ended that bout just a few days out from the event, leaving Perry in a similar situation to his own UFC debut.
This time around, Perry was the knockout artist with multiple UFC fights, not the complete unknown.
As the unknown, Reyes brought a respectable record and excellent win streak into the UFC with him. Despite being the smaller man stepping up on short-notice, Reyes went in the cage fully intending to snipe his opponent at range.
It didn’t work out that way.
Perry chased his opponent around the cage for the first minute, looking a bit sloppy, but he nevertheless knocked his opponent across the cage with a right hand after eating a few counter punches. Reyes stumbled around and tried to recover his feet, but Perry jumped on a double-collar tie.
“Platinum” immediately sent a knee into his opponent’s jaw. Reyes tried to jam him into the fence, but Perry countered by landing a hard elbow. After the elbow, Perry stepped to the side to create an angle that brought up a flush knee. It was a beautiful sequence, and it completely separated Reyes from his senses.
Perry pretty much did what was expected of him. He showed his opponent absolutely no respect, chasing him around with his hands down. Once he eventually chased him down, it ended quickly.
It may not have been technical, but Perry hits way too hard to worry about that kind of thing opposite a Lightweight.
After the bout, Perry shined even bright. His post-fight dancing and interviews were genuinely funny, as he predicted Jon Anik’s usual follow up question before it happened. Perry called out Robbie Lawler, which may not make sense from a rankings standpoint just yet, but it appeals to me anyway.
As for Reyes, he was physically out-matched. He wasn’t big or powerful enough to earn Perry’s respect on the feet, and that meant “Platinum” could throw the kitchen sink at him without any worries. It just wasn’t a fight that Reyes had much of a chance in.
Luckily, Reyes will receive another shot in the UFC. He showed some nice movement and counter striking prior to getting blitzed, so there’s hope for a better result against a more suitable opponent that’s actually in his weight class.
Last night at UFC Fight Night 116, Mike Perry dispatched his opponent quickly. Is Perry a future contender?
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