Clint’s Corner: Perry vs. Gall, Pure Insanity
By: Clint MacLean (@DieHardMMAPod)
Okay, WHO BOOKED THIS FIGHT?? Seriously! This fight is bonkers, to begin with, and it has wild matchups all over it, but Mike Perry vs. Mickey Gall has to take the cake! This is a fight that only makes sense in these crazy times. There is so much going on here that we can unpack I figured I should dive headlong into the absurd.
Speaking of crazy, let’s talk about Mike Platinum Perry first. Mike Perry was a hot regional prospect with a wild fighting style and significant power that was overlooked in his UFC debut, and he blasted Hyun Gyu Lim in the first round knocking him out cold in the first round. Perry’s in your face attitude, awesome mohawk, and straight disrespect for anybody standing across the cage from him made him an instant fan favorite. Perry ran through 4 of his first five opponents with the only bump in the road being Alan Jouban. The others all tasted that canvas. After that, however, Perry took a big jump up in competition, and as is coming in the UFC, you only take a step down when you are on your way out, and the UFC feels you can be fed to the next crop of athletes.
Perry fought well and jointly with some big names in the division like Paul Felder, Santiago Ponzinibbio, and Vicente Luque, and he made the right moves to improve in his career, but he has run on tough times. Perry was always crazy, and he found a woman just as mad as he is in the Platinum Princess.
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) August 11, 2019
Perry and the Princess had an on-again and off-again relationship, but seemed to have gotten it together and were supposed to get married in September of 2019, but then it all fell apart. We aren’t exactly sure of the details, but this once “your crazy sees my crazy” relationship disappeared, and Mike appears to have gone off the deep end. I’m not sure if the Platinum Princess was the glue holding his sanity together or if she was the one who drove him insane, but the version we see of Mike Perry is rawer than the one who first stepped into the UFC’s Octagon back in 2016.
Mike Perry, who is scheduled to fight Mickey Gall next week, posted a video to Instagram, where he appears to have cuts on his forehead, nose, and knuckles.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 18, 2020
Perry has left his gym and found himself a new girl who he is quite literally worshiping as his god. I’m not joking.
Think about now cuz that’s what we got. My girl motivated me years before I even met her. I knew she was coming one day and that’s what got me into the @ufc , I lost sight and she finally came to motivate me. She is my god and I worship her. It is my honor to fight for @latory_g
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) June 19, 2020
I mean… I understand the rebound. Hey, no judgment. We’ve all been there, but he seems to be taking it a bit too far. Mike Perry has gone full Diego Sanchez on us, and now his new girl is his training partner, coach, and cornerman for UFC Vegas 4 on Saturday, 6/27/2020. Once again, no, I am not kidding. I wish I were.
Looking forward to Mike Perry’s new improved striking pic.twitter.com/k0exCFV7c8
— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) June 23, 2020
On the flip side of this thing, we have Mickey Gall, who has yet to prove himself UFC Calibur after 7 UFC fights. Gall is 5-2 in his UFC career with his only wins coming over non-UFC level talents such as Sage Northcut, Mike Jackson, and CM Punk. Gall was the first-ever fighter brought to the UFC from Dana White’s Lookin For a Fight web series, and he has been spoon-fed opponents leading into this fight with Perry in an attempt to give him time to blossom into a full-fledged mixed martial artist. Gall is a BJJ blackbelt and on the mat has some impressive skills, but lacks everywhere else the fight could go.
The most significant issues with Gall are his gas tank and his mouth. Everybody loves trash talk! Especially in combat sports! Don’t get me wrong I love a fighter who will call his shots, but the issue with Gall is his ass can’t cash the checks his mouth writes. This is a weird spot because it looks like Mike Perry is being put out to pasture by the UFC after being KO’d stiff by future titleholder Geoff Neal…. OR it is a spot where the UFC has found a solid rebound for their fan-favorite over a name who people love to hate. Not long ago, Mickey Gall found himself on the wrong end of a one-sided beating delivered by Diego Nightmare Sanchez (and we all know how crazy he has gone of late), and Perry is a Prime 2.0 version of Diego. Granted with less wrestling chops, but it’s pretty close.
My feel for this fight is that Gall is going to gas out like always in the second round after trying to take down the little tank that is Mike Perry. Once Gall gasses out, he is going to be easy pickings for the power shots of Perry, and I see a late 2nd round or 3rd round TKO. If anybody can thrive in these crazy times, it will be Perry who is off his rocker, to begin with, and just wants to step into the cage and throw down. Perry has tried being technical, and it got him into a war with Luque and KO’d by Neal. Here he is finally getting that much-craved step down against an opponent who is nowhere near on his level striking, and he can go nuts!! As long as Perry protects his neck and doesn’t let Gall get a hold of one of his arms in the 1st round, he should bounce back and win by way of destruction.