Mike Perry is currently undefeated as a professional MMA fighter, competing for the third time in the UFC when he battles Alan Jouban on the main card of UFC On Fox 22. While Perry is no doubt building himself quite the reputation in the UFC, he does have some inspiration from outside the sport, that inspiration comes from President-Elect Donald Trump and legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I’ve got to remember that it’s just hate and I’m getting smarter in life because of dealing with something like that,” he said to MMA Junkie. “Sometimes it gets to me, but I’m at home, so I’m good. I get frustrated like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ But then I’m like, ‘Who is this person? This person has no effect on me whatsoever.’ I’m remembering that more and more as I go along. I look up to certain guys who I’m sure have dealt with this. Let’s say Donald Trump or Floyd Mayweather. There’s a big gap between those guys, but they deal with it a lot. I try to stay positive in every situation.”
Perry will be kicking off the main card against the previously mentioned Alan Jouban, a fighter that Perry doesn’t know a lot about.
“I never heard of (Jouban), but I love the matchup,” he said. “But that’s what they do, the UFC and Sean Shelby and Joe Silva. I’m not sure which one set this up, but they’re the best matchmakers in the world and had a reason for this one. He’s got some fame, but he’s never had the momentum I’ve had. I’m going to take my momentum and run over him like a train and take all of his fame. I want to get his Versace job too.”
UFC On Fox 22 takes place on Saturday, December 17 from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California with Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson headlining.