American professional mixed martial artist Mike Perry competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) welterweight division. Perry joined the UFC in 2016 and has continued to be a delight to his fans and followers of the game alike. Known for his swift and overwhelming moves in the ring, the UFC fighter has faced several notable fighters under the prestigious promotion and has continued to climb up the ladder. Here is everything you need to know about him.
Mike Perry Bio
He was born on September 15, 1991, in Flint, Michigan. Young Perry lived with his father, a naval officer in Michigan, and later moved to Apopka in Florida to live with his mother. Growing up in Flint, Perry was one of the few white kids and as such was exposed to bullying from other kids at school. He had to learn very fast the ability to defend himself at all times from the bullies, this was how he developed his basic fighting instincts.
At the young age of 11, Mike began training in Muay Thai and gradually became popular in sports for his impeccable skills. He fought his way to a state championship as an amateur in Florida and gradually rose to popularity. Perry went pro in 2014 after his impressive performances in 11 amateur fights. As a professional he finished all nine opponents in nine fights, standing out among his counterparts.
Mike Perry joined the UFC in August 2016 at UFC 202. He faced Lim Hyun-Gyu in his first fight and defeated him in the first round after descending on him like an angry beast. Perry defeated his opponent Danny Roberts in the third round at UFC 204 where he kicked him with his knee and confused him with ground and pound.
At UFC on Fox 22, held in December 2016, Perry fought against Alan Jouban but lost by unanimous decision. UFC Fight Night 108 saw the fighter defeat Jake Ellenberger in the second round of the bout. He faced Alex Reyes at UFC Fight Night 116 after the latter replaced Thiago Alves. He defeated Reyes via knockout which earned him his second Performance of the Night bonus award. He received had first after his overwhelming defeat of Jake Ellenberger via KO at UFC Fight Night 108.
Perry lost his fight with Max Griffin via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens. He went on to win that against Paul Felder at UFC 226 in July 2018. In a total of 15 fights, Perry won 13 and lost 3. He continues to fight his way to prominence in daunting and challenging sports.
Mike Perry Net Worth
Not much is known about the net worth of the MMA fighter, but the fact remains that Mike Perry makes his money from his fights as well as several entitlements earned from his overwhelming victories. It can be recalled that Perry bagged a $50,000 award as Performance of the Night bonus after his win against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108 in April 2017. He went home with a similar award at UFC Fight Night 116.
Personal Life – Wife, Girlfriend
Like most of his counterparts, Mike Perry surely has some stories written down in his love diary. Behind his victories and struggles is a strong woman named Danielle Nickerson, his longtime girlfriend who is referred to as his wife sometimes. Nickerson who has been with the UFC fighter for so long graduated from girlfriend to a woman playing the roles of a personal assistant. She is always there at his training, corners him for his fights, and even knows his opponents.
However, there have been sad reports of a breakup between the couple. These reports emerged in March 2018 when Nickerson took to her Instagram handle to announce their breakup. According to her post, she is no longer with Mike Perry but will continue to be friends with him and support him. It was deduced from the post that Nickerson left Mike for his uncontrollable attraction to women which she described as having a ‘wandering eye’. The news did not go down well with fans of the couple who were hopeful of a future for the two.
Body Measurements – Height Weight
Mike Perry has a good body build that suits his daunting career. He stands at a height of 5ft 10in (1.78m) which is quite proportional to his weight of 170.5lbs (77.3 kg). He has an impressive reach of 71in.