Mike Perry earned a first round knockout over late replacement fighter Alex Reyes in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh.
The welterweight was supposed to fight Thiago Alves, who missed the fight due to Hurricane Irma and Perry isn’t very happy about the whole situation.
“Listen, here’s an opportunity for him to make a hundred grand in one night. He beats me, he gets a hundred grand because if I beat him, I get the hundred grand. He gets more than a hundred grand, he gets more than me to show up. So right there, if he was comfortable enough to stay behind and not get that payday just for showing up, he could have taken that money, flown his family even further out of state so they never would have had to sleep overnight in the gym, his dog wouldn’t have died. I made the adjustments, I came from Florida, a bunch of my family and friends came from Florida, they all showed up. His team from down south, ATT [American Top Team], they all showed up. Hector Lombard was there. We all came from Florida. He was mentally defeated. This young kid was gonna whoop that ass,” Perry said on the Five Rounds Podcast.
Alves did announce he was staying in Florida before Hurricane Irma landed, but once it landed, the fighter was unable to get to Pittsburgh.
For Perry, the Alves fight is no longer his priority because he is now focused on the welterweight division top 15.
“The top 15 guys ahead of me. Who is gonna have a fight that’s gonna fall out? Call me on three day’s notice. S**t happens, 170-pound fighters lose fights. Call me,” says Perry.
Despite not getting the chance to fight Perry this past weekend, the one-time welterweight title challenger has stated that he still wants to fight him down the line.