Perry was one of four fighters to collect a bonus check at UFC Fight Night 108, having earned ‘Performance of the Night’ honors for his frightening knockout of Jake Ellenberger, which kicked off the event’s main card. Iaquinta, on the other hand, did not receive a $50,000 bonus for his co-main event knockout of Diego Sanchez — continuing a theme that has frustrated Iaquinta throughout his UFC career. Afterward, Iaquinta railed against the UFC’s bonus structure while hurling a string of expletive-filled criticisms at his employers, both on social media and in an explosive interview on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
Perry responded directly to Iaquinta on Sunday, quoting one of Iaquinta’s “F*ck you” tweets and replying with the simple message “Calm down Lil guy.” Perry then elaborated on that response on Monday, claiming that he was only trying to help Iaquinta, even if it seemed to come in a roundabout way.
“I was trying to offer this man some advice,” Perry said on The MMA Hour. “The way I put it may have seemed disrespectful, but ... you think you’re going to get a bonus when you just run around disrespecting somebody who’s paying your bills, things like that?
“You work hard for this, then conduct yourself properly. He said ‘f*ck you’ to the people who are setting this up for you. If you have a sour attitude towards these people who are giving you the opportunity people dream of, you need to fix your priorities.”
Perry said he has earned three post-fight bonuses over his brief UFC tenure, with the first two coming after his knockouts of Hyun Gyu Lim and Danny Roberts. Neither of those first two bonuses were publicly disclosed by the UFC, although merely by gauging Perry’s level of activity — four UFC fights in his first nine months — and main card placement on big-time cards like UFC 202 and UFC on FOX 22, it’s clear the UFC has pinpointed Perry as a fighter worth pushing to bigger things.
So, Perry reasoned, when he hears athletes like Iaquinta so publicly raging against the same brass who sign his checks, he feels a need to defend the UFC.
“I’m watching out for the UFC,” Perry said. “He can’t just be bad-mouthing people who are doing the same thing for me. I got their back too because they got mine.”