The co-main event Saturday night between Mike Perry and Mickey Gall promises to be an interesting fight for a number of reasons. The build-up to this fight has been rather fun as two completely different fighters, and two seemingly different men look set to do battle at the APEX, in Las Vegas.
Mike Perry (13-6) is one of the promotion’s most colourful characters and is responsible for some of the UFC’s funniest moments. Perry has also attracted a large fanbase with his do-or-die style and is always entertaining in bouts.
With that being said, ‘Platinum’ is in desperate need of a win as he enters Saturday night with 3 losses in his last 4 fights, and with a UFC record of 6 wins and 6 losses. Perry’s last performance was arguably his worst, as he got knocked out for the first time in his professional career by Geoff Neal, at UFC 245.
However, Perry believes his less than impressive record stems from the level of opposition he has fought and has claimed that Gall will be a step down in competition.
Perry’s future in the UFC may be on a knifes-edge, but that didn’t stop Perry from shocking the MMA world by announcing that his new girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, will be the only person in his corner for the fight. Speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Perry stated that he expects Gonzalez to “sit there quietly, and cheer when I win”.
Mickey Gall (6-2) responded to the news by bashing Perry’s intelligence during an interview with MMA Junkie earlier this week. “I don’t think it’s a very bright idea, but I don’t think Mike’s the brightest guy.”
Gall is known for his ground game and will most likely be looking to take Perry down as quickly as possible. Gall became a well-known name after his wins against CM Punk and Sage Northcutt. However, with defeats to Randy Brown and Diego Sanchez along with some poor luck to injuries, the New Jerseyan’s rise up the Welterweight rankings has came to a halt.
Both men need a win badly. The unpredictable and inconsistent nature of both fighters, as well as the bad blood between the pair entering the bout, makes this a very intriguing Co-main event.
This is a tough one to call, Perry will be looking to steamroll through Gall on the feet, but Mickey Gall will probably look to utilize his Jiu-Jitsu skills. This fight could as easily end in the first minute as it can go the distance. I feel that the longer the fight goes, the more it favors Gall and that Perry’s coaching gamble won’t pay off. Therefore, I’m picking Mickey Gall to win by submission in the second round.