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Mike Perry distances himself from Coach Winkeljohn in the wake of ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone loss

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight fan favorite, Mike Perry, was the fighter responsible for the recent shake up at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one that torpedoed the relationship between Donald Cerrone and Coach Mike Winkeljohn.

Turns out it might have been for nothing.

That’s because Perry, who was submitted by Cerrone at UFC Denver last weekend, is already putting some distance between himself and Winkeljohn, despite some less-than-flattering words “Platinum” had for “Cowboy” leading up to their fight.

I guess the humility of defeat can do that to a guy.

“Frank ‘The Tank’ will still be a part of my team,” Perry told Submission Radio. “I got Julian Williams and I’m looking for – I don’t know who the third person that’s going to fill that spot is. I mean, does it have to be Winkeljohn? We just don’t click like that. I want to be around Frank ‘The Tank’. I want to be around Julian Williams. You know, being around Coach Wink I’m like, ahhh. I like him, he’s a great guy, but he knows that we didn’t click like that. We didn’t spend tremendous amounts of time together learning from one another.”

It’s hard to get love and attention at a puppy mill.

I’m sure the relationship between Cerrone and his former coach was already fractured to the point of no return and having Winkeljohn side with Perry ahead of UFC Denver was likely just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

As for the “Platinum” slugger, he needs to find the war bonnet formula that made him such a terror in the first half of his UFC career. After jumping out to a 4-1 start with four violent knockouts, Perry (12-4) is a mere 1-3 with his lone victory coming by way of split decision.

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