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Thiago Alves stands behind UFC-Pittsburgh withdrawal, says Mike Perry still has 'ass whooping' coming

Thiago Alves made history this past week when he withdrew from a scheduled UFC bout for a record eighth time in his career. It’s a dubious footnote to have on his resume, but he doesn’t regret his decision in the slightest.

Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) was booked to fight Mike Perry in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 co-headliner, which took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. “The Pitbull,” who lives and trains in Florida, was in the path of Hurricane Irma, but instead of leaving early to avoid the storm like some other fighters based in the state, opted to stay put.

That decision ultimately cost the former UFC welterweight title challenger his ability to compete. He was unable to travel to Pittsburgh and was therefore forced to withdraw from the matchup with Perry on just three days’ notice. The Brazilian received some heat over the situation, but he said he was simply prioritizing the safety of his family, and he won’t apologize for that (via Instagram):

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This was my first hurricane as a husband and a father. The safety of my family it’s my duty and they will always come first! Still, i did make every attempt suggested by the UFC Travel Team to get to Pittsburgh besides taking a “Road Trip” with my wife and my 13 months son when the whole state of FL was evacuating. All my flights continued to get cancelled from Friday am all the way to Tuesday 11 pm. After spending 6 hours at the airport with no real idea when I would make to the fight, having no electricity, sleeping in the gym with my family, and dealing with my dog dying from heat exhaustion … I decided to stay with my family and rebuild. I will never apologize for that, it’s not in my nature.

I have too much love and respect for my Sport, Family, Team and the MMA Fans to go to war not being 100% ready. Me and the UFC are in great terms, they understand my decision. I’ve been with the company for 12 years. I’ve known Sean Shelby for a very long time and he knows I always come to fight. I trained for 16 weeks bc this fight was originally happening in August. If I don’t fight I don’t get paid, so nobody suffers but Me and My Family. I’m ready and will stay ready. I should be rebooked by December. My support to everyone that went through Hurricane Irma. My thoughts and prays are with you #RipTanky

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) ultimately defeated short-notice replacement Alex Reyes (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) by first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 116. He accused Alves of “ducking” him after the bout, but given his explanation the decision to withdraw comes across as an understandable one.

Alves said he hopes to fight again before the end of the year, and it appears he still wants a piece of Perry (via Twitter):

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Pittsburgh winner Mike Perry on Robbie Lawler callout: 'If you don't ask, you won't receive'

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Mike Perry knows he might not get his wish of fighting Robbie Lawler. But you can’t blame a guy for trying.

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) added yet another victim to his list this Saturday, when a knee put a quick end to the meeting with last-minute replacement Alex Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 116. Much like the exciting finish, what followed was something that has come to be expected from the audacious welterweight in the octagon: post-fight shenanigans.

This time, they included a mesmerizing rooster dance and the ambitious callout of Lawler, an ex-titleholder who might be the next in line for a title shot against champ Tyron Woodley.

Whether the matchup will materialize, Perry doesn’t know. But hey, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, right?

“I want to fight the champ,” Perry told MMAjunkie backstage after the main card bout, which aired live on FS1 from at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. “I want to fight to get that belt. And if you don’t ask, you won’t receive. So I may not get those fights, but I’m prepared for those fights as soon as they want to give them to me. We’ll see who wants to come to Detroit and fight me.”

Regardless of who he ends up meeting, Perry doesn’t see why he wouldn’t be able to land the aforementioned UFC 218 spot on Dec. 2. And, considering he left Saturday’s bout without a single scratch, it’s not like he has a big medical suspension to hold him back.

Perry has reasons to feel good about his night in Pittsburgh. After adding an 11th finish to a list of career wins that features nothing but knockouts, Perry has also added $50,000 to his bank account. It was his second post-bonus in a row, after an elbow that dismantled Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108.

But don’t expect him to go too crazy with it. We’d already been introduced to the destructive finisher with the big talk and flashy ways. Now, meet Mike Perry, the wise investor.

“I guess they must have heard that I spent the first bonus wisely and bought a house,” Perry said. “So I need that second one now to pay my mortgage.

“(I) might have a little fun, do a little vacay or something, something small. But maybe pay a little more on the mortgage payments to take some of that interest off.”

Perry’s night, however, didn’t go entirely as planned. After all, originally set to meet former title challenger Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, he went from fighting a “legend” to welcoming an opponent from a lower weight division to the UFC on three days’ notice.

If, on the one hand, he can’t deny that thanks to “crazy guy” Reyes he was able to stay on the card, there’s not much else Perry can do for him.

“I don’t know what I say to that guy,” Perry said. “I mean, ‘Sorry?’ No? OK. I mean, what do I say, man? ‘Thanks for showing up?’ I see why Thiago didn’t.”

While the disappointment of not fighting Alves was clear, Perry does seem to be aiming a little higher up in the rankings at this point. So, after yet another statement-making win, has the Alves ship sailed?

“I wouldn’t say it’s sailed,” Perry said. “I would say that, for me to accept that fight and sign that contract, some things have got to be changed because he put me in a predicament by taking that fight.

“I know the kudos go to my opponent, who took the fight on three days’ notice. But I had to take a fight with a guy who I didn’t prepare for, either. Anything could have happened. If I took a fight with somebody on three days’ notice, I probably would have won.”

Despite the general comment on the size advantage that he would have over natural lightweight Reyes, Perry says he didn’t see that much of a difference in there. After all, a former lightweight himself, he says he entered the bout weighing no more than 176 pounds.

But, although Perry believes he’s “got to be the smallest welterweight” compared to his peers, a return to 155 is not on the plans. Why? “Platinum” explains – and drops some wisdom bombs in the process.

“It’s about dieting properly, taking care of your body, exercising,” Perry said. “Feeling good inside. That’s the most important – it’s feeling good on the inside, and then you can perform to the best of your abilities.

“That’s what it’s about. I don’t care what size you are. You guys (have) seen me beat giants before.”

To hear more from Perry, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Mike Perry's rooster dance celebration at UFC-Pittsburgh was actually quite skillful

Mike Perry was only in action for a little over a minute at UFC Fight Night 116, knocking out late replacement Alex Reyes with a knee at the 1:19 mark of the opening round. And yet, as he often does, “Platinum” Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) still managed to leave a lasting impression that went well beyond the fight itself.

For instance, here he is celebrating his victory with a legitimately skilled impression of a rooster.

It could be that Perry’s a big fan of the old WWF wrestler with a similar gimmick. Or maybe, like Roy Jones Jr., he draws inspiration from the fighting spirit of the animal.

Either way, feels safe to say this is the first time we’ve seen a UFC fighter celebrate by mimicking a domesticated bird.

If that wasn’t enough to make Perry stand out after a violent finish of the late fill-in Reyes, he added a little extra spice by calling out former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in his post-fight interview, suggesting that fans would love to see him “beat up” Lawler.

The more you think about it, the more perfect that fight seems. Perry’s post-fight showboating, along with his hair gel and face tattoo, might be the exact opposite of Lawler’s bald-headed, no-frills style.

Plus, the violence quotient in that pairing is just off the charts.

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch Mike Perry's devastating knee finish of Alex Reyes at UFC-Pittsburgh

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Mike Perry’s knockout reign of terror in the welterweight division continued Saturday night.

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) picked up another knockout when he took out short-notice opponent Alex Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 116 co-main event. A knee put a stop to things in the first round, making Perry a perfect 11 for 11 for knockouts in his wins.

The welterweight fight took place on the FS1 main card at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Check out the highlights and finish in the video above.

Also see:

And for more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Pittsburgh bonuses: Mike Perry, Uriah Hall earn $50K for performances

PITTSBURGH – Mike Perry, Uriah Hall, Gregor Gillespie and Jason Gonzalez each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event.

Perry (for his first-round knockout of Alex Reyes) and Hall (for his comeback win by knockout) picked up “Performance of the Night” awards, and Gillespie-Gonzalez took home “Fight of the Night” honors.

The UFC announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC Fight Night 116 took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and aired on FS1.

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Mike Perry's brutal knockout of Alex Reyes at UFC Fight Night 116

Mike Perry’s rise up the UFC welterweight contender ladder took another step forward on Saturday when he defeated Alex Reyes in the UFC Fight Night 116 co-main event.

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) earned his fourth win in five UFC appearances when he beat promotional newcomer Reyes (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) by first-round knockout in the FS1-televised co-headliner at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Perry’s victory over Reyes at UFC Fight Night 116.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Mike Perry quickly KOs Alex Reyes, calls out Robbie Lawler

Mike Perry scored his second consecutive knockout win, using a devastating knee to finish late replacement Alex Reyes.

The welterweight contest was featured in the FS1-televised co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Perry worked quickly to the center of the cage and looked to fire massive power shots. Reyes moved well to open but was clipped by a knee that seemed to bother him. Perry sensed the opportunity and moved forward, looking to work from the clinch. It proved a wise decision, as he pulled Reyes’ head down and blasted him with a knee, sending him toppling to the canvas. A hammerfist followed, and the bout was brought to an end 79 seconds after it began.

Perry was originally expected to face UFC veteran Thiago Alves, who was forced to withdraw from the card to take care of family following Hurricane Irma. After the win, Perry called for a future booking with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all 11 of his career wins by knockout. Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) drops his UFC debut but will likely earn another look, this time at lightweight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include:

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 116's Mike Perry not so subtly accuses Thiago Alves of ducking

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PITTSBURGH – UFC welterweight Mike Perry is no stranger to last-minute fight withdrawals, though he can’t remember the last guy to do it before onetime title challenger Thiago Alves.

“Sometimes, I’ve got to watch what I say, because I scare these guys away,” Perry on Thursday told MMAjunkie after a workout. “I don’t know if I scared Thiago. I might have.

“They posted (my knockout of Jake Ellenberger) this week and said it was the ‘Knockout of the Week.’ He might have seen that and replayed it in his head.”

Perry is irritated at the opportunity lost by not getting to fight Alves, who challenged for the UFC’s welterweight title in 2009 and who withdrew from the FS1-televised co-headliner at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 for undisclosed reasons.

Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) claims the matchup has been in the works on three separate occasions since Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) called him out, only to see the fight evaporate.

With the latest scratch on short notice, Perry is “pissed.”

“(Alves) took away the recognition I was going to get for fighting him,” he said.

In Alves’ place goes first-time octagon combatant Alex Reyes (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will step in on three days’ notice to face the fearsome Perry at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

“It’s a lose-lose for me,” Perry said. “I’m giving this guy every chance, and I’m getting almost nothing from it. But I’m here to fight, so I’m happy to have a fight.”

Granted, there are two silver linings he sees to the matchup. First, he gets paid. And second, he gets to halt a 13-fight streak built by Reyes on the regional circuit.

“He’s a black belt, and he must think that that’s good enough for him to come in here and exit this fight safely and out of harm’s way,” Perry said. “But you lock that door with me, man, you all know what to expect.”

Perry, of course, expects to come out with another highlight-reel knockout. But he hasn’t forgotten about Alves.

“If they called me and say, hey, we got this fight scheduled, call me short notice,” he said. “Call me short notice. I’ll just cut the weight and get in shape.

“The long time is what’s making me upset. The long time that I took to prepare for this. I wanted to see that preparation unfold. I’ll still see it unfold, but it won’t be the same.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mike Perry gets UFC Fight Night 116 replacement opponent in Alex Reyes on 3 days' notice

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As it turns out, there is a UFC welterweight willing to fight Mike Perry on short notice.

MMAjunkie today confirmed Alex Reyes(12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is stepping in for the injured Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) to face Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the co-headliner of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116, which takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Perry also announced the switch on his Twitter account.

The event airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Reyes makes his octagon debut on the strength of a 12-fight win streak. A Team Oyama fighter, he returned to the cage in August after a two-year layoff and earned a first-round knockout of Gilbert Guardado.

Perry is coming off a second-round knockout of Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 106, which put him back in the win column after a decision loss to Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

The latest UFC Fight Night 116 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Mike Perry vs. Alex Reyes
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Thiago Alves out of Saturday's UFC co-headliner; replacement foe sought for Mike Perry

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The UFC is currently seeking a welterweight fighter willing to take on a rising contender on short notice.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with promotion officials that Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 co-headliner, and Mike Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is in need of a new opponent.

Alves’ representatives weren’t immediately available for comment or details on the fighter’s withdrawal.

Featuring a middleweight matchup between former UFC champ Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and former dual-division WSOF title holder David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and it airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Alves vs. Perry had second billing on the card.

In his most recent outing, Perry scored a knockout win over Jake Ellenberger with a devastating elbow at April’s UFC Fight Night 108 to earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus. The victory was a resounding answer to the first loss of his career, which came to Alan Jouban in December at UFC on FOX 22.

Alves, meanwhile, had hoped to enter the cage riding some momentum after winning a unanimous decision over Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April. Since his 2009 title fight loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 100, the 33-year-old Brazilian has managed just a 5-5 record.

The latest UFC Fight Night 116 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Mike Perry vs. TBA
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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