Mike Perry has made no secret of his want to field Jake Paul. However not till 2023 did he declare that want materialized right into a contract.
Perry posted what he claimed to be a bout settlement to field Paul as much as eight three-minute rounds at an occasion on Feb. 18, 2023 (or one other date Paul’s promoter selected). He known as out the YouTuber turned boxer for backing out of their struggle.
“I signed a contract to struggle [Jake Paul] however he modified his thoughts,” Perry wrote on Twitter.
I signed a contract to struggle @jakepaul however he modified his thoughts ♂️
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 3, 2023
Paul’s promotional firm, Most Beneficial Promotions, acknowledged a request for remark however didn’t instantly reply when contacted by MMA Combating. The authenticity of Perry’s alleged contract couldn’t be independently confirmed, and he didn’t reply to a request for remark by means of his present promoter, BKFC.
Perry’s relationship with Paul stretches again to the influencer/boxer’s nascent profession in fight sports activities. Prepping for a struggle with Ben Askren, Paul and his staff contracted Perry to be a sparring associate for $100 per spherical. Later, he launched a video of Perry saying “you kicked my ass, Jake.” Perry didn’t take kindly to the transfer and known as out Paul in a number of interviews, indicating he was taken benefit of.
Later, Perry softened his stance towards Paul and focused the YouTuber’s sparring associate, middleweight boxer J’Leon Love. However after defeating Bellator welterweight title challenger Michael Web page, he known as out Paul for a showdown within the ring.
Paul this previous November stated his subsequent struggle would happen in February, and gives had been prolonged to 3 potential opponents. He didn’t point out their names, however brazenly welcomed a struggle with UFC star Nate Diaz, who grew to become a free agent across the similar time as he started scouting opponents. Diaz and Paul’s staff clashed backstage at Paul’s earlier boxing match, a gathering with ex-UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva that led to a unanimous choice win.
Perry fought within the UFC for 5 years, delivering a number of thrilling and bloody battles earlier than a skid prompted him to request his launch from contract. He subsequently signed with BKFC and took wins over Julian Lane and Web page.
MMA Combating’s Damon Martin contributed to this report.