Mike Perry, a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship who most recently competed in the welterweight division, has lately expressed interest in serving as the backup fighter for the impending boxing match between Nate Diaz and Jake Paul. ‘Platinum’ made a direct solicitation to the Stockton native to take on the challenge in the event that ‘The Problem Child’ reneged on the bout at the eleventh hour.
Mike Perry took to social media in order to convey his wish to be the backup fighter for the Diaz vs. Paul fight. Specifically, Perry tweeted: “I want to be the backup fighter.”
“I should be the back-up fighter in case @jakepaul is unable to show up to fight @NateDiaz209,” Jake Paul said on Twitter.
Platinum Mike Perry
Platinum Mike Perry’s Twitter handle is @PlatinumPerry.
In the event that @jakepaul doesn’t show up to face @NateDiaz209 125 11, I should be the back-up combatant.
After a run of 15 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Mike Perry signed a contract in October 2021 for a three-fight deal with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). The 31-year-old has been victorious in all three of his bouts, with his most notable victories coming against Michael Page of Bellator and Luke Rockhold, a former champion of the middleweight division in the UFC.
It’s possible that he could be a viable replacement opponent for a heavy hitter like Nate Diaz, given his great accomplishments in the BKFC and his longevity as a fighter.
A boxing contest between Jake Paul and Nate Diaz is slated to take place on August 5 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The bout is expected to last for eight rounds. This will be the former UFC lightweight fighter’s first appearance in a combat sport since he was released from his contract with the promotion late last year. Paul, on the other hand, holds a record of 7-1 as a professional boxer.
Mike Perry talks about a potential fight against Conor McGregor
It is arguable that Mike Perry has developed into one of the most prominent stars at BKFC. Perry is a formidable opponent, as evidenced by his impressive knockout victory over Luke Rockhold in the second round of their fight at BKFC 41, as well as his victory over Michael Page, the No. 2 welterweight in the Bellator rankings, through majority decision before that.
The former UFC great is currently looking to compete against the most dominant superstar in the MMA industry for the chance at a massive paycheck. In an interview with TMZ Sports, ‘Platinum’ stated that he would welcome the opportunity to square off against Conor McGregor in the octagon. He remarked that
“A battle [against McGregor] seems like it would be a lot of fun to watch. The gradual buildup. The conversation about s***. You are aware that he is still competing in the UFC. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he comes out on top against Michael Chandler; if he does, we’ll finally be able to set the date for the battle between ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry and ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.
You can see the entire interview down below:
It’s interesting to note that ‘The Notorious’ was there at the BKFC 41 event on April 29 and saw Perry win over Rockhold. Shortly after he had won, ‘Platinum’ challenged the Irishman to a bare-knuckle boxing bout, and the two of them squared off inside the ring. It seems as though McGregor was interested in boxing Perry at some point in the foreseeable future.