Mike Perry missed weight. By a lot.
The controversial welterweight didn’t come close to hitting the mark at Friday’s official weigh-ins for UFC 255, tipping the scales at 175.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the limit.
Perry’s opponent Tim Means successfully weighed in at 171 pounds (with one-pound non-title bout allowance). The bout proceed at a catchweight with Perry forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Means.
At the top of the card, all four title fight participants successfully made weight. The main event between men’s flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (125) and challenger Alex Perez (124.5), and the co-main event between women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (124.5) and Jennifer Maia (124.5) are both official for Saturday’s card.
Of the 24 fighters competing Saturday, Perry was the only one to come in heavy. Earlier in the day, Perry let it be known on social media that he was having difficulty cutting weight.
I’m sorry man. I don’t think I can make it— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 20, 2020
I have always talked trash during weight cuts so that if I couldn’t make it I could say I told y’all I wasn’t sure. Maybe I’ve outgrown this. I did try to ask for a fight at 185 but maybe I just don’t have it anymore. I’m so thankful to all the kind people at the @ufc— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 20, 2020
Can’t believe I’ve even been here this long. Maybe I should just lay the gloves down. I don’t want it. I’m just in over my head with this weight. I was just 189 and now I’m 177 and I can’t sweat. I ran with a nice sauna suit , got in the portable sauna for 15 minutes , nothing— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 20, 2020
So easy for people to sit there and say shit but I swear I feel like anyone saying I’m weak for this doesn’t cut weight. It’s death to me. I’m dying already and have 6 more lbs to go. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s harder than the first 14.— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 20, 2020
Perry was already the subject of much discussion this week as he answered questions about the domestic violence allegations that were recently brought forth by his ex-wife, Danielle Nickerson.
See the full UFC 255 weigh-in results below:
Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Deiveson Figueiredo (125) vs. Alex Perez (124.5)
Valentina Shevchenko (124.5) vs. Jennifer Maia (124.5)
Mike Perry (175.5)* vs. Tim Means (171)
Katlyn Chookagian (125.75) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (124.5)
Mauricio Rua (205.5) vs. Paul Craig (205.5)
Preliminary Card (ESPN2, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Brandon Royval (125.5) vs. Brandon Moreno (125)
Joaquin Buckley (182.5) vs. Jordan Wright (185.0)
Antonina Shevchenko (125) vs. Ariane Lipski (126)
Daniel Rodriguez (170.5) vs. Nicolas Dalby (170)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Alan Jouban (170.5) vs. Jared Gooden (171)
Kyle Daukaus (185.5) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (184.5)
Louis Cosce (170.0) vs. Sasha Palatnikov (170.5)
*missed weight. Perry will forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Means and their bout will proceed at a catchweight