Welterweight standout Mike Perry will return to the octagon at tonight’s UFC on ESPN+ 8 event, this thanks in large part to his teammate Jacare Souza.
Perry, who takes on fellow fan favorite Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira on tonight’s main card, recently sat down with Fox Sports Asia where he explained how Jacare Souza had recently played hero by saving his life in the gym.
“Jacare Souza is my hero. He is literally my hero man. I was playing around at the gym, I’m going to drop a story for you here. Alright, so there was like this rubber band hanging from the pull-up bar and this rubber band was like for workouts, it was a thick band. We were about to do filming with the ESPN crew and umm, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I put my head in this thing and was like I’m going to do a neck workout. And work on my ability to take a choke,” Mike Perry explained. “So I lean forward and it wraps around my neck and so I flex myself so that I could hold on. And in two seconds, as soon as lean forward (and flex), next thing I know Alan, from the UFC, and Jacare Souza are there. Alan is like slapping me and they’re pouring water on me. But, they say Jacare, this while he was filming for ESPN, he was hitting a bag and he sees me, and Danielle was right next to me – she thinks I’m playing around, so she’s like ‘Mike quit playing’. So within two seconds I pass out and swing and then she’s hears a bang and she looks up and says ‘Mike stop playing’. So I had hit my face against the metal pull-up bar and I’m passed out. Plus I’m still hanging from this thing. I’m hanging myself at this point and Jacare sees me and runs over quick and pulls me out of this thing. Then they were like waking me up. When I came too I was like ‘Oh man, it was a bad joke. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare everybody.’”
Never a dull moment in the life of Mike Perry.
“Platinum” will enter tonight’s fight with Alex Oliveira looking to rebound, this after being submitted by Donald Cerrone in his most recent effort this past November.
Perry has gone 1-3 over his past four octagon appearances.
As for Jacare Souza, the perennial middleweight contender will take on Jack Hermansson in tonight’s UFC on ESPN+ 8 event. h