Mike Perry Set for His Bare Knuckle Boxing Debut at BKFC KnuckMania 2 in February

Published 01/06/2022, 2:03 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: Mike Perry poses on the scale during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Former UFC welterweight Mike Perry is primed to make his bare-knuckle boxing debut on February 19 at BKFC KnuckleMania 2. ‘Platinum’ Perry will go head to head against infamous ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ contestant, Justin Lane. Both men used their own platforms to promote this clash, which does not have a venue set at the moment.

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MMA journalist Chris Taylor was the first to break the news, which was later confirmed by other reputed outlets. This fight is intriguing for many reasons, one of which being the fact that Mike Perry has seemingly returned to form.

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Mike Perry vs Julian Lane: A score to settle

Mike Perry left the UFC on a two-fight skid and was 1-4 in his last five fights. His first fight away from the UFC since May 2016 took place at Triller’s Triad Combat event, where he picked up the split decision win.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Mike Perry punches Tim Means in their welterweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Julian Lane rose to popularity during the heyday of ‘TUF’ when he notoriously exclaimed, ‘Let me bang, bro’ on the set of the show. Fans in the MMA community continue to quote the now-infamous line, which made Lane a memorable fighter and personality in the eyes of the fans.

Given the personalities of both men, one would assume this match-up is sure to be a friendly and affable affair. However, the two got into a scuffle at a previous BKFC event and had to be separated by a large crowd of people. The incident was instigated by Lane and Mike Perry was quick to enter into a range where both men got into an altercation.

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Their brawl has now sold this fight in more ways than one as fans will want to see who comes out on top ultimately. Not to mention, both men have a history of throwing caution to the wind and often engage in wild exchanges. Mike Perry will want to prove that his exit from the UFC roster has a high scaling impact now that he has signed with BKFC.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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