With an Ultimate Fighting Championship event that offered a gold-studded main attraction in Dustin Poirier-Dan Hooker but little beneath the marquee of divisional consequence, it’s no surprise that a lot of fan and media attention was directed towards the co-main event and more specifically it’s more eccentric half: Mike Perry.
Perry had garnered headlines in way that only he could in the weeks leading up to his UFC on ESPN 12 clash with Mickey Gall. For starters, he’d promised to compete without the benefit of experienced coaches in his corner, opting instead to rely on Latory Gonzalez, his 20-something-year-old girlfriend for whom he had recently left his wife. Perry assured us she could manage handing him a bottle of water and putting the ice pack on his neck in between rounds. His teams at Fusion X-Cel and Jackson-Wink MMA had been ditched for a self-directed training regimen ostensibly comprised of a few one-off sessions with different sparring partners, binge-watching the anime series “Naruto” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and eating steaks. Then he turned up straight agitated at the pre-fight virtual interview, letting the assembled media know that he had better places to be and was relishing the opportunity to “tell you losers to go f— yourselves.”
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