On Friday, MMA Junkie asked White for his thoughts on the incident and his promotion statement. White said he was not surprised by Perry’s actions.
“I’ve seen this happen in the past few months with Mike Perry,” said White. “All you have to do is watch his interviews. Look at the way he interacted with you. He literally said in an interview leading up to his last fight, “I hate you all. I hate the media. I hate fans. You want to tell me stuff on Twitter, then come up to my face and try to be nice to me. I tell you. Don’t come near me when you see me on the streets. Don’t touch me or say hello. He said that before this last fight. He’s a man of his word, apparently, and here we are today. ”
So where’s Perry going from here? White said the UFC welterweight is in desperate need of help. The president of the UFC also attributed Perry’s pattern of erratic behavior to the difficulty in handling the newly discovered glory – and the accompanying social media comments.
“He obviously needs help,” said White. “This is not normal behavior. He became much more angry and restless. You see that it happens with guys and girls when they start to get a little famous. They start to become famous. I’m having fun on social networks. You see a lot of people who don’t have fun on social media. There are horrible things that happen to people when dealing with social media. Everyone treats it differently.
“I love criticism. I like everything you want to call happening on social media between fans and the media and all that. I’m built like this. It is certainly not built that way. He’s definitely a guy who should probably stay out of social media. He needs to make some changes in his life. We will do everything we can to help him. ”
UFC 251 takes place on Saturday on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card is broadcast à la carte after the preliminaries on ESPN and the first preliminaries on UFC Fight Pass / ESPN +.