Triller Fight Club was back in action over Thanksgiving weekend with the debut of its Triad Combat sub-promotion, which featured a bunch of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters battling boxers in a triangular ring (watch highlights). It also featured Metallica, which might have seemed like another big waste of money by the promotion ... until you watch the event and realize the majority of the people in attendance at Globe Life Stadium were there for the metal band.
For those people, this wasn’t a combat sports event with Metallica, but a Metallica event with combat sports. So maybe that was money well spent.
Paying “Platinum” Mike Perry more than $250,000 to box Michael Seals on the undercard? At $19.99 per pay-per-view (PPV) unit, he’d only have to pull about 12,500 sales. But, it’s still a lot more than he was making in UFC, where his last disclosed purse in 2019 at UFC 245 was $90,000.
There are no disclosed athletic commission purses for Triller’s Triad Combat event but MMA manager Malki Kawa did come out and confirm Perry’s pay was much higher than $250k.
No he didn’t. He earned more. Why did they report less? https://t.co/WbzeXqiRSe— malki kawa (@malkikawa) November 28, 2021
Perry won his fight with Seals via split decision (67-65, 67-65, 65-67), but took some big shots from Seals. My one sentence breakdown of the fight: Perry came harder, but Seals hit him with the more accurate shots. By the end of the bout Perry’s face was all lumped up, and he was more than a little surprised when his hand was raised.
It was a hard-fought victory, and hey ... good for him getting paid so well by Triller. He’s the kind of blood and guts fighter UFC chews through and spits out. If cash is being splashed, we’re glad fighters are getting wet.