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Midnight Mania! Mike Perry promises ‘rude awakening’ for Michael Page at BKFC 27

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Fearsome brawler, Mike Perry, will duel with lanky knockout artist, Michael Page, at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) 27 pay-per-view (PPV) card this Sat. night (Aug. 20, 2022) at OVO Arena Wembley in London, England, streaming live online via

Despite being the only man between the duo with a bare knuckle victory, Perry enters this bout as the underdog. “MVP” has been criticized about the level of his opposition in MMA, but the former Bellator title challenger has generally proven himself a top notch striker. Perry, meanwhile, was struggling in the stand up in his final UFC appearances. Perry has seen Page’s good work, but he’s confident in his own accomplishments as well.

“MVP has been doing good things in the fight game for a long time,” Perry told MMA Junkie. “He’s knocked some people out, he’s made some highlights, the same as myself. I’ve done the same things. This fight was talked about years ago, and it’s here now in bare-knuckle boxing, the realest of combat sports.”

For Perry, this is “the biggest fight of my life.” He believes that Page is overlooking him here, expecting to dance through Perry like he often does opponents in the cage. “Platinum” promises otherwise.

“We’ll see. It all depends. He thinks it’s just normal fighting,” Perry said. “… It’s gonna be different. He’s gonna learn some things. Maybe he doesn’t think he’s gonna learn anything in there, (but) he’s in for a rude awakening. Because he’s sleeping already. I’m gonna wake his ass up and then lay his ass back down.”

For my money, this is one of the more intriguing match ups in BKFC history. “MVP” is quite sharp at range and would surely walk Perry into huge shots in the cage, but his side-on stance and reliance on kicks doesn’t seem terribly likely to translate perfectly to the bare knuckle ring. Meanwhile, Perry has an iron jaw and is quite comfortable in the type of slugfests that tend to happen in BKFC.

Perry was an underdog in his first BKFC appearance too. Think he can pull off a second upset?


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