Tue. Aug 16th, 2022

After a discouraging performance against Daniel Rodriguez at UFC on ABC 2 last weekend, it’s no secret that Mike Perry has hit a roadblock. With one fight left on his contract, this may be his last opportunity to build a case for himself to stay with the UFC. The Perry we all know and love was not the same Perry that finished Alex Reyes and Jake Ellenberger.

Many see Perry as the brash loudmouth who at times, can create a bad image for the UFC. Despite his antics, this aspect of Perry’s character wasn’t what stood out to me. It was his clear desire to improve his skills and his undeniable abundance of heart when stepping in the cage.

However, I feel his main problems aren’t necessarily with Perry himself, but with those around him. Not all the blame is on Perry’s corner team or the lack thereof, because after all, Mike’s in the octagon. Not them. But it seems to be the same story with Perry and his constant shift of corner personnel.

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It’s not unheard of for fighters to go to different gyms to gain knowledge from other places. GSP being a great example of this, working with his personal ‘super team’. Which includes John Danaher, Greg Jackson, Freddie Roach and head coach Firas Zahabi. Having a head coach provides structure and stability to fight camps. Not to mention the importance of having a knowledgable coach guiding you in-between rounds to make adjustments.

A head coach and a solid team is essential in preparing a fighter with everything they need to win. There are countless potential gym destinations for Perry across the US. Whether it be at ATT or with the great Trevor Wittman at Elevation.

Perry could also consider crossing the pond. Darren Till also seems to be in agreement offering Perry a solution.

I truly hope this performance opens Mike’s eyes for him to find the best head coach for him so we can truly see ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry shining at his brightest again.