Before Max ‘Pain’ Griffin (13-4) and ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry (11-2) swing for the fences in the UFC’s twenty-eighth appearance on FOX, jabs and counter-strikes have already been exchanged on social media.
Talk is cheap, but Griffin and Perry both have the power, aggression, and technical ability to stamp their names on a $50,000 Performance Bonus check from the UFC. Both of these welterweights are in the wake of losses; however, everyone will be a winner when these two are locked in the cage together with limited rules and only referee to separate them.
The ‘Platinum’ personality—one characterized by punishment and bizarre behavior—has captured the attention of MMA’s audience since its inception into the UFC, UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor. Of course, the violence of Perry punctuates his place as a contender amongst the sport’s elite, yet it’s his antics leading into his fights that rivet fans to their seats.
Several outlandish instances from Perry include:
During the weigh-ins for Perry’s UFC debut, he extended his hand to Hyun Gyu Lim, as if to pay his respects, before retracting it and screaming something nonsensical toward his future victim.
Prior to his last outing against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26, viewers of a live Q and A on Facebook witnessed Perry’s mind melt away, along with any excess body fat, while cutting weight in a portable sauna:
Before the Florida native’s clubbing style was exposed by the Brazilian, a Tweet from Perry reflected the peculiar thoughts floating around between his cauliflowered ears:
You ever get real close to the mirror , try to look into your vessel and see the pilot ?
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) December 16, 2017
Unfortunately, endurance and efficiency on the feet pitted Perry on the wrong end of a dogfight.
The pilot in Perry's vessel is probably a bit confused right now.
— Fernanda Prates (@NandaPrates_) December 17, 2017
In contrast, Griffin also entered the UFC at UFC 202, but his road has been paved with the mindset of a true martial artist—not one mixed with utter madness. Letting his handiwork speak volumes, Griffin has made a habit of dishing out ‘Pain’ in enemy territory. He traveled up a mountain in Mexico City to topple Erick Montaño, The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America Season 2 winner, in fifty-four seconds, and crossed the equator to face Brazil’s Elizeu Zaleski in a Fight of the Night effort at UFC Fight Night 119. Next, the tactical understudy of Dave Marinoble, Griffin’s Sensei at Marinoble’s Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing, will travel to the opposite corner of the nation to meet Perry in his own backyard.
Perry, as expected, tried to poke at Griffin after the popular figurehead out of Northern California shared the announcement of the match-up to his followers, working his way into Griffin’s comments and saying, “I welcome you to my city with open arms but closed fists, mother fucker.”
Things had been relatively quiet until an eerie silence overhauled Perry’s uncontrollable urge to post something about Griffin:
As a professional mixed martial artist since 2009, Griffin has made of career of turning sticks and stones into sawdust and sand, so a few words from Perry and his cavalry won’t do anything to derail his focus from their clash on February 24, 2018.