Mike Perry has had several prominent names in the mixed martial arts community that served as his wedge in combat before, but he has since changed which ones he allows to join him on fight night. In June, Perry chose to have a girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, being his only interlocutor in his fight against Mickey Gall at UFC on ESPN 12: Poirier vs. Hooker. The decision dominated the headlines, but it was ultimately a decision that benefited Perry as he walked away with a unanimous decision against Gall.
Perry praised Gonzalez and his turn, saying it was “perfect” and he’ll be looking to keep her in that role for his next fight against the former welterweight champion, Robbie lawler at UFC 255. There will be a twist, however. Perry posted on social media that he would donate “the one who gives him the most money” a place in his corner, which has already received a lot of offers. One of these offers came from none other than UFC middleweight contender Darren Till, who has a history with Perry although he never fought.
While Till corner Perry looks a bit odd, it does have some advantages, as UFC fighter-turned-colors commentator Paul Felder thinks. Asked about his thoughts on Till and his offer to corner Perry, Felder told media in Abu Dhabi that it was honestly a good idea, but it depends on Perry and what he thinks of his corner.
“In the end, that’s up to him, isn’t it? That’s the fighter, ”said Felder (video by MMA Fight). “Whoever they want in there, as long as they fill out all the paperwork and do their thing, I mean. It’s their decision. He’s a guy who maybe isn’t going to listen to them anyway, right? He’s just going to do his own thing and I don’t mean that disrespectfully. Some guys are just going to let go of their emotions and instincts in the Octagon and Mike is definitely one of those guys.
Felder and Perry have already met in the Octagon, at UFC 226, where the latter was cornered by JacksonWink MMA head coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn at the time. Perry then defeated Felder by split decision, and Felder paid tribute to his then corner corner for helping Perry achieve such a performance.
Felder suggests that Perry could host another such performance if he has someone like Till in his corner to give him advice regarding the fight, but is not sure Perry will accept his offer.
“When he fought me he had a good corner,” said Felder. “He was at Jackson and Winklejohn’s and had Frank Lester in his corner and that was who he worked with and he listened. They were shouting certain code words and he was following them, so while it might be frustrating doing that, it beat me up and he performed well. He was more technical than I think in that fight than we’ve seen in other fights so I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen if he gets – If he gets Darren Till, that might be the best case scenario for him.
“I hope Darren is serious and throws this money away, but I don’t see Mike letting that happen.”
Perry is fighting in November and it looks like he hasn’t sorted out his corner situation yet, so who knows what’s going to happen.