Spoken and besieged Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Mike Perry came to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend (Saturday, November 21, 2020) to fight Tim Means… not that dumb ladder. And “Dirty Bird” was more than willing to oblige in UFC 255 pay-per-view (PPV) main card action, throwing “Platinum” into a bloody mess en route to a unanimous decision.
Perry came out of the assailant, with Means dodged under a big looping blow early. Means pumped the jab out of his back foot until Perry trapped him along the fence and threw him to the ground with a locking body snap. Perry worked from the top position, then leaned behind Mean and began to threaten with a bare rear choke. Perry locked himself in a body triangle and then pushed his jaw down the fence. It looked like Means was in real trouble, but he was somehow able to go stomach to stomach and come out, coming back to the center of the cage with 90 seconds left in the first round. Means scored with a solid knee to Perry’s gut, which “Platinum” countered with a heartbreaking shot to the ribs on his own. Means locked him up along the fence with combinations and crisp punches until the horn sounded to close the first five minutes.
Means looked to mix things up to start the second stanza, jabbing several times and Perry tried to score another out. He gave up quickly and the pair returned to the center of the Octagon, where Means used his length advantage to keep Perry at bay. Perry came rushing in for another out, but Means made him call with a short uppercut. Means continued to find a home for his jab, but eventually Perry landed a heavy blow upstairs which reeled “Dirty Bird”. But rather than continue with more strikes, he opted for a withdrawal that did not materialize. Means rocked the cobwebs and put a hard elbow on Perry’s face, then continued with the jab. Perry continued to chase for the drop a batter, but the round eventually ended.
Perry’s face looked like ground beef between turns, while Means looked immaculate. Perry came out for the third and final round in search of an early takedown, but Means resisted and pushed his way out of the fence after a brief struggle. Means landed a nice right hand on the break, then locked Perry along the fence until they came back to the center of the cage. Means’ hit continued to pay dividends, mixing up a few low blows to keep Perry off balance. Halfway through the round and he suddenly became rock ’em robots, socks with the two fighters unloading on each other. Perry finally closed the distance and pushed him against the fence to slow the action down. Along the fence, Means continued to paint Perry’s face blood red, propping him up along the cage several times. Perry circled around and returned to the center of the Octagon where he began to unload heavy, heavy shots. But, Means was more than a game, standing up and sending the fire back. Perry tried to steal the ball with a late thrust, but in the end, Means’ technical strike and volume made the difference.
I’m not sure where Perry is going from here – he’s now given up three of his last four fights inside the Octagon. The missing weight and her myriad of personal issues outside of the cage certainly aren’t helping her cause. Means, meanwhile, continues to be a very difficult outing.
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