Who is Mike Perry? Record, bio of MMA fighter and backup for Logan Paul vs. Dillon Danis 2023 boxing fight

The rivalry between Logan Paul and Dillon Danis is getting out of hand. Danis continues to post pictures of Paul’s fiancé on social media, which has made things extremely personal. Given the bad blood and Danis’ streaky history, it begs the question: Will the two actually fight on October 14? 

Paul and Danis compete in the co-main event under a Manchester card featuring KSI vs. Tommy Fury. The fight will air on DAZN PPV worldwide. 

Danis, an MMA fighter who hasn’t competed in the cage since 2019, has become a social media star, but his actions frequently get him into hot water. “El Jefe” was supposed to fight KSI in a boxing bout in January, but he backed out and will now face KSI’s Prime business partner. 

Paul’s fiancé hit Danis with a lawsuit ahead of the fight, but Danis missed the hearing. If, for any reason, Danis can’t or won’t compete on fight night, KSI and Paul announced a replacement opponent: Mike Perry. 

Watch: KSI vs. Tommy Fury on DAZN

The controversial Perry is active compared to Danis and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in any ring.

“Hey, I’m a real fighter,” Perry said via MMA Junkie. “This is what I do. This is how I feed my family. These boys been getting money other ways. They want some respect in this game, so they called me here. If Dillon doesn’t show up, I’m ready to fight. And everybody knows when you get Mike Perry on a card, you get the fight that you’re asking for.”

Here’s all you need to know about Perry, from his start in combat sports to his experience in all aspects of fighting. 

Who is Mike Perry?

Born in Flint, Michigan, Perry started training in boxing at 11. He was in jail for burglary and trained in MMA after being released. The 32-year-old turned pro in MMA in 2014 and joined the UFC in 2016, going 7-8 inside the octagon. He ended his run with the promotion going 1-4 in his last five fights. A notable moment in the cage was when only his girlfriend was in his corner in a 2020 bout against Mickey Gall.

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After his UFC contract expired in 2021, Perry joined Bare Knuckle FC. “Platinum” is 3-0 for the promotion, beating Julian Lane, Michael Page, and Luke Rockhold. Perry competed in a Triad combat ring, facing Michael Seals in 2021. He does have boxing experience, losing against Kenneth McNeil in 2015.  

Outside of fighting, Perry is a controversial figure. He’s known to use racist slurs and was charged with class A assault (misdemeanor) after punching an older man and a staffer at a restaurant in Texas. 

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