Fighting out of Orlando, Florida, Mike “Platinum” Perry, 26, has just earned his fifth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On July 7, 2018, he defeated Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder, 33, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at “UFC 226,” which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At “UFC 226,” Perry and Felder competed in the welterweight division. It was the ninth bout of the evening.
After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight bout between Perry and Felder was left to the hands of the judges. Two of the judges scored it 29-28 in favor of Perry while the third judge gave it 28-29 in favor of Perry.
Winning via split decision, Perry improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 12 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Felder’s record downgraded to 15 wins and 4 losses.
This is Perry’s first UFC win via decision. All of his four previous wins in the promotion were via knockout.
On August 20, 2016, Perry made his successful UFC debut at “UFC 202” by knocking out Hyun Gyu “The Ace” Lim, 33, of Seoul, South Korea. On October 8, 2016, Perry scored another knockout victory at “UFC 2014” where he defeated Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts, 30, of Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
On April 20, 2017, Perry knocked out Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger, 33, of Omaha, Nebraska at “UFC Fight Night 108.” On September 16, 2017, the former knocked Alex Reyes, 31, of Hollywood, California at “UFC Fight Night 116.”
Born in Flint, Michigan, Perry started his martial arts training early. He was 11 when he became an amateur Muay Thai state champion in Florida.
As an MMA fighter, Perry has been competing professionally since 2014. He competed as a lightweight in the first two years of his career.
On November 11, 2015, Perry competed as a welterweight for the first time and defeated Jon Manley, 31, of Ludlow, Massachussetts at “Premier FC 18.” Since then, Perry has been competing as a welterweight.
Prior to “UFC 226,” James Lynch talked to Felder about Perry. Watch the interview here: