Mike Perry has completed his contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) after a second-round TKO of Luke Rockhold at BKFC 41 this past Saturday. Throughout his tenure, ‘Platinum’ won fights against Julian Lane, Michael ‘Venom’ Page, and now, Rockhold. So what comes next for Perry? That remains to be seen.
“I’m up in the air because that was my last fight on contract,” said Perry during his post-fight press conference (video provided by MMA Junkie). “I’m free from everybody, but I love bare-knuckle boxing. I do love it. I love David Feldman, and the bare knuckle crew, and the team and the fans, and everybody that’s been showing so much support. They love this bloody stuff, too.”
Mike Perry on free agency
For Perry, remaining with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is an option, but he wants some incentives from the promotion.
“The fights got to make sense for them, and for the money that they’re paying me, they’re like, ‘Hey, do you want, what would you say?’,” said Perry. “I mean, what do you guys, what did you think? Who was gonna win this fight? It was up in the air, it could have been 50-50. Luke’s a big challenge. You look at him, and you’re like, damn that guy is a problem, maybe. But the ‘Platinum’ is platinum.
“So it’s like the money’s gotta make sense for them,” continued Perry. “It’s gotta make sense for me. They’re like, ‘Do you want belts, or do you want money?’ Well, I wanna feed my family, and I gave myself a belt, and damn it, I’m putting more credit — put some respect on me and the Platinum bare-knuckle boxing belt.”
Mike Perry sets his sights on Conor McGregor
As far as the fights Perry wants, he did mention Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone during his post-fight interview. The future UFC Hall of Famer was in attendance at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., and ‘Platinum’ said he was interested in a rematch for his arm — a quip regarding his first-round armbar loss to Cerrone at UFC Denver nearly five years ago.
But if Cerrone is not an option, then Perry says Conor McGregor is next on his shortlist of potential opponents.
”He likes to box, too,” said Perry. “We could throw hands. And he gave me a face-off. How cool was that, bro? That’s what’s up. I’m real humble, to be honest, because I’ve been fighting a long time, I’ve been in some ups and downs, some tough fights, and some things didn’t go my way. And these guys are coming over here fighting me at what seems to be my best attributes. I got a chin, I got some hands, and it’s bare-knuckle. Most people don’t like getting hit like that. So whoever wants the smoke, dog.”
Perry and McGregor did come face-to-face after the pay-per-view event, but that face-off is the closest we could get to a potential fight between the two. The ‘Notorious’ one is gearing up for his UFC return near the end of the year, so seeing him against Perry is fantasy.
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