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Midnight Mania! ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry starts a Patreon

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People tend to think of Mike Perry as a wild brawler rather than smart businessman, but “Platinum” is ahead of the curve. Reasonably fresh off his “Fight of the Night”-worthy win over Alex Oliveira back in April, Perry announced over the weekend that he was creating “PMP (Platinum Mike Patreon),” alongside a host of giveaways for participants.

First and foremost, what the hell is a Patreon? Founded in 2013, Patreon is a website designed to empower content creators. Whether that be musicians, writers, YouTubers, or even fighters, it’s a way for fans to directly pay these creators for special access to videos, interviews, and all other types of content.

Perry is not the first of the MMA-sphere to join the trend of creating a Patreon, as writers and podcast hosts covering the sport have already built some substantial bases on the site. To my knowledge, he is the first fighter to do so, and he’s in a better position than most.

As dedicated followers of this article are likely aware, Perry posts a lot on Instagram. No fighter posts more sparring content, regardless of whether Perry looks sharp and dangerous or fatigued and off-balance, the footage goes up. He’ll also post more comedic content, usually involving his wife, the Platinum Princess. As a result, Perry has built quite the following for an unranked Welterweight, as his Instagram account currently has more than 300,000 followers.

Few can hope to be as charismatic, entertaining, or weird as Perry, but more fighters joining Patreon is very likely. It would be another revenue stream for athletes, a chance for fans to directly send their favorite fighters a few bucks. At the very least, it’s not as terrible a concept as Cameo — which already has quite a few fighters on its roster, if anyone has $75 bucks to spare for a Randy Couture shout out — but that’s a topic for another night.


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