Perry seeks treatment:
UFC Welterweight Mike Perry (14-6), who most recently fought Mickey Gall (6-3) to a unanimous decision victory at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas two weeks ago, finds himself at the center of a controversy.
Earlier in the week, a viral video surfaced on the Internet, during which Perry can be seen punching patrons at Table 82 in Lubbock, TX.
An investigation is currently ongoing by the Lubbock Police Department, and at this time, no charges have been filed against the UFC fighter.
If charges are brought against Perry, he will face one count of misdemeanor assault.
In the video, Perry is shown striking an older guest of the bar with a punch, knocking him down.
TMZ posted the video on Wednesday night:
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As per the police report, the patron who was punched by Perry was found unconscious at the time of the arrival of members of the Lubbock Police Department who were called to the incident.
According to TMZ’s report:
“The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and later spoke to cops… but said he was experiencing memory problems due to the injury and didn’t remember the punch or the aftermath. Cops also spoke with Perry who insisted he was just trying to leave the restaurant peacefully but people were ‘putting their hands on me as I was trying to leave the building.’”
Perry also was heard in the video yelling racial slurs during the confrontation.
Perry’s apology and the UFC’s response:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship released the following comments pertaining to the Mike Perry incident:
“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry. The conduct displayed by Perry is not reflective of that of our organization. Perry apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on the UFC. He further acknowledged that that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling. At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program.”
This official statement was shared on ESPN’s Brett Okamoto’s Twitter:
Needless to say, stay tuned as the rest of this story plays out.