As he was booked out of nowhere, Bare Knuckle FC dubbed Mike Perry vs. Michael Page “the most exciting fight no one knew he wanted”. Little did we know we would get even more than we expected.
After five brutal rounds on Saturday night at BKFC 27, the judges scored the fight a draw. BKFC rules state that a fight ending in a draw can go to a sixth and final round of overtime. And so, for only the second time in the promotion’s four-year history, that’s what happened.
In the end, Perry outlasted Page for a hard-fought majority victory in MVP’s backyard at the OVO Arena Wembley in London.
“Damn, I said I was going to go six rounds, and he said, ‘You’re not going to a draw with me,'” Perry said after the fight. “They were going to give it to me at the end of five, but I walked out and lied, ’cause I wanted more blood, baby.”
Perry, who won his second BKFC fight in as many appearances, was cut above the eye and was bleeding profusely as the final bell sounded. He suffered a broken jaw, which was evident from the swelling in his mouth. Page didn’t look much better, with a big swelling around his eyes.
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Page, a current welterweight title contender for Bellator who was on loan for this de facto UFC matchup against Bellator, spoke about Perry’s skills as a fighter ahead of BKFC 27. That changed after sharing a grueling 12 minutes with him. .
“I have to say, Mike Perry, I kinda underestimated him,” Page said. “Very tough man. …
“I think I’ve done enough in terms of landing. He was definitely the more pressing fighter, but I thought I landed a little more. But that doesn’t matter. I didn’t make it decisive for the judges.
Perry scored the only knockdown, which happened in the first round. It was the most decisive round of the whole fight. After that, Page settled with the counter punch as he basically fought like he does in MMA – just minus the kicks. The technique faded, however, as the fight wore on, and Perry’s pressure was the difference.
Afterwards, Perry said his performance proved to him that BKFC was for him. And he also called Jake Paul.
“I didn’t know it, but now I do. It’s definitely for me,” Perry said. “I love it, because a lot of tough men are scared of it, and I want to be the toughest SOB there is. …
“Jake Paul, you need an opponent. You need a money fight. I’m fighting for real money. Maybe I’ll put the pillows back on if you’re scared to come in here.