The UFC have officially released a statement in regards to footage yesterday that showed welterweight fighter Mike Perry knocking out an elderly man outside a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas.
Witnesses at the scene had also alleged that prior to the video footage Perry had punched an employee of the restaurant in the face and also struck a friend of the fighter’s girlfriend.
“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry,” the statement reads. “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 UFC. He further acknowledged 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.”
Prior to his MMA career taking off, Perry had a troubled past that included spending six months in jail for violating probation in relation to an armed burglary charge back in 2014.
Recently, Perry had also claimed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he had got into a fight with two toilet attendants during a night out, which he claimed happened six months ago.