The UFC says it’s “troubled” by the actions of fighter Mike Perry, who was concerned in a bodily altercation at a bar this week that was caught on video through which he additionally yelled racial slurs.
In an announcement Thursday, the UFC mentioned Perry has apologized and “dedicated to instantly search skilled remedy, together with substance and behavioral counseling,” after a video that confirmed Perry punching a person at a Texas restaurant surfaced on-line Wednesday evening.
The UFC mentioned it won’t offer Perry his subsequent bout right now. Perry, his group and the UFC have “agreed to guage subsequent steps for Perry following the completion of his remedy program,” the promotion’s assertion mentioned.
No arrest has been made, and no fees have been filed, although the Lubbock Police Division is investigating Perry for one depend of misdemeanor assault. In accordance with the incident report obtained by ESPN, Perry is accused of putting a number of folks at Lubbock institution Desk 82 on Tuesday evening.
A video of Perry, 28, dropping an older man with a punch surfaced Wednesday evening on social media. Within the aftermath of the skirmish, Perry may very well be heard yelling racial slurs.
“UFC is conscious and troubled by the video that was launched final evening regarding Mike Perry,” the UFC’s assertion learn. “The conduct displayed by Perry shouldn’t be reflective of that of our group. Perry apologized for his conduct and acknowledged he was dissatisfied with himself that his actions could have mirrored poorly on UFC. He additional acknowledged that he believes he has some points associated to alcohol abuse and has knowledgeable UFC that he has dedicated to instantly search skilled remedy, together with substance and behavioral counseling. Presently, UFC has knowledgeable Perry that he won’t be provided a bout, and the events have agreed to guage subsequent steps for Perry following the completion of his remedy program.”
In accordance with the incident report, the state of affairs began previous to Perry punching the person. Perry was on the institution along with his girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, who cornered Perry in his most up-to-date battle. One other male patron of the restaurant informed police he obtained right into a verbal altercation with Perry and challenged him to a battle. The male patron mentioned considered one of Gonzalez’s pals obtained between them, and Perry reached round her and slapped him within the face.
The Desk 82 basic supervisor informed police that Perry hit the male patron, hit Gonzalez’s pal after which struck one other man who had left the scene. The overall supervisor informed police he approached Perry whereas making an attempt to step in, as a result of Perry had “tried to battle everybody within the restaurant.” The overall supervisor mentioned Perry punched him on the left facet of the face.
When officers arrived on the scene, they noticed the older man, whom Perry may very well be seen hitting within the video, on the bottom, being tended to by the person’s spouse. The older man was transported to Covenant Medical Heart, per the incident report. An officer went to interview him there, and initially the person had no recollection of the incident. After a couple of minutes, the person informed the officer he recalled following Perry and telling him he noticed him hit the overall supervisor, however he didn’t bear in mind something after that.
Perry informed police that he was making an attempt to depart the restaurant when folks put their arms on him. Perry mentioned the older man grabbed at his face and shirt, so he struck him in retaliation, in response to the report. The incident started earlier, Perry mentioned, when the male patron made a remark about Gonzalez. Perry mentioned he did not strike the person, nor Gonzalez’s feminine pal. He mentioned he was attempting to seize the feminine pal by the wrist as a result of she was clawing at him. Perry mentioned he grabbed the male patron’s wrist as an alternative.
Perry informed police the male patron pushed his face, so he pushed the male patron’s face again. The overall supervisor got here and put his hand on Perry’s shoulder, Perry mentioned. Perry mentioned he pushed the overall supervisor’s face, too, and informed everybody to not contact him.
Perry and his group issued “no remark” statements Wednesday evening after the video surfaced.
Perry (14-6), a Florida resident, final fought at UFC Struggle Evening: Poirier vs. Hooker on June 27, defeating Mickey Gall. The battle drew scrutiny as a result of Perry had no coaches in his nook. His lone nook individual was Gonzalez. The victory over Gall snapped a two-fight dropping streak.
Perry has been open about his brushes with the legislation prior to now, together with spending six months in a Florida jail for a probation violation. Perry was on probation on a housebreaking cost in 2014 when he violated the probation with a battery arrest, in response to courtroom data.