Mike Perry takes off the gloves.
The former UFC welterweight is stepping away from mixed martial arts and taking his talents to the world of boxing with his bare hands. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship officials confirmed to MMA Junkie on Tuesday that the promotion has signed a multi-fight deal with Perry. MMA Fighting was the first to break the news.
The additional terms of Perry’s signing are unclear, as are the terms of his departure from the UFC. No first opponent, date or location has yet been revealed.
Perry, 30, is entering his tenure at BKFC after losing four of his last five fights in the UFC. From 2016 to 2021, Perry competed 15 times for promotion and compiled a 7-8 record. Key victories have come against Jake Ellenberger, Paul Felder, Alex Oliveira and Mickey Gall.
“Let’s avoid all the formalities! Perry said in a press release Tuesday. “This sport is evolving and I am here to sow fear in the hearts of my competitors! I intend to intimidate the world by showing what a truly skilled combat specialist is capable of with their bare hands. I will dismantle the opposition and achieve the glory that I have desired all my life. I will be crowned King of the streets and King of combat sports! They will make me a platinum crown and carry me on the bloody backs of my defeated rivals! I’m here to go straight to the top and make everyone think twice before entering my world! BKFC is my world!
An all-action fighter inside the cage, Perry’s actions have created controversy on the outside. In 2020, Perry was accused by his ex-wife Danielle Nickerson of domestic violence. The allegations follow Perry punching an older man at a bar in Florida. UFC President Dana White later said the promotion ordered Perry to undergo alcohol addiction treatment.
BKFC President David Feldman said he was “delighted” to welcome Perry to his promotion.
“We are delighted to bring Mike on board in our large stable of exciting fighters,” Feldman said in a statement. “Over the past seven years, he has proven to be one of the toughest fighters in mixed martial arts, and his skills, as well as his aggressive style, are working very well for our growing international fan base.”