On Saturday night, on the main card of UFC Fort Lauderdale, “Platinum” Mike Perry returned to the win column with a Fight of the Night winning victory over Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira. With this victory, Perry set himself up for more big fights in the UFC welterweight division — including a long discussed fight with Darren Till.
From the sounds of it, this is a fight Perry still wants — though he knows it might not be what the UFC ultimately offers him.
“I think the Darren Till fight’s a good fight,” Perry said post-fight (transcript via MMA Fighting). “He’s called me out in the Octagon, I just called him out in the Octagon, I think that’s good press for the UFC to put together. The fight makes sense. I used to not want to call people out who were coming off a loss, but you know what, you up in the top and you got that number next to your name? I’m gonna need that spot, so I’m gonna need that fight if it’s available.
“If not, the UFC will call with some ideas, I’m sure they got names and you know, it was—once I laid down, I was watching Jacare fight and I had some ice on my feet and legs and I took one off of my right leg and I put it on my cheek and my head, I went to get up and I couldn’t really move. I was just kind of standing still, like I can’t walk at all. But now the blood is flowing and I could walk, I just did like a little half-a-jog in the hallway out there.”
While Mike Perry is interested in a fight with Darren Till, who is riding two-straight stoppage losses, he’s also considering a brief rest period.
“I do got enough money to chill for a little bit and like I said in the Octagon, these guys are fighting, like, once a year, so let me chill,” Perry said. “I did just come off some knee surgery a little bit ago, looks like it healed pretty good, looks like I did everything right and I’m a just chill, get back to the gym, work with my boys, we got some other fighters there that are are definitely going to be having some big fights coming up.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/28/2019.