One thing is for sure: His war with Luque will leave him with an image he’ll never forget (and possibly a permanently rearranged nose).
A jumping knee by Luque in the third round caught Perry square in the face and while he finished the fight, the damage was evident as he was leaking blood all over Luque’s stomach while Luque tied him up in a guillotine choke.
The cameras caught clear shots of Perry’s disfigured nose from several angles on the live broadcast and UFC president Dana White shared a close-up of the injury on social media later that evening.
UFC reporter Heidi Androl later said on the broadcast that Perry was sent to the hospital for a CT scan and that he was having trouble breathing after the fight. Perry’s hospitalization was confirmed by UFC executive Dave Shaw at Saturday’s post-fight presser.
UPDATE: In a statement obtained by MMAFighting’s Damon Martin, Perry’s manager said the welterweight fighter was out of surgery early Sunday morning and that the procedure only lasted an hour. Perry will be staying an extra day in Uruguay and then fly back to the U.S.