UFC 202 Newcomer Breakdown: Mike Perry

Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at newcomer Mike Perry as he takes on South Korea power puncher Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike Perry Hometown: Altamonte Springs, Florida Age: 24 Height: 6’0” Reach: Weight Class: Welterweight Camp: Team Sparta Career Record: 6-0 Key Wins: None Key Losses: None Background A Florida based welterweight, Perry is a relative novice to MMA having no prior experience to martial arts when he began fighting professionally two years ago. Perry has finished all six of his opponents by strikes having never seen a third round in his career. Strengths

  • Good athlete
  • One punch knockout power
  • Use a good amount of kicks in his attack


  • Relies too much on physical gifts as opposed to technique
  • Poor footwork
  • Needs to increase volume
  • Questionable chin



  Match-up against Hyun Gyu Lim The second bout up on the UFC 202 PPV telecast is what should be an action packed contest between Hyun Gyu Lim and promotional newcomer Mike Perry. Both fighters are aggressive and have big time finishing power. Lim certainly has a significant size advantage in this one with a massive 77 inch reach. Perry has won several of his fights by landing a counter shot to finish his opponent. It’s likely Perry will need to do that to win this fight. Lim’s size and impressive out (over 5 significant strikes per minute) will cause trouble for Perry from the onset. As both fighters have knockout power, this fight will come down to who can land the first big shot. With Lim’s high level of output, he’ll have significantly more chances to put this fight away. As opposed to betting on a side, the better play here is the total. Neither guy has a great chin, but have solid knockout power. The total is lined at 1.5 rounds and deservedly so. I don’t expect this fight to see a second round with a finish happening pretty quickly in this bout. Under 1.5 rounds at -115 is one of my favorite bets on the board for UFC 202. UFC Ceiling Mike Perry is a fighter with very limited MMA experience. Physically he reminds me a bit of Jake Ellenberger; a muscular welterweight with above average explosion and knockout power. Outside of that, he offers very little in terms of wrestling and grappling ability. If he’s going to be able to stick around in the UFC, he’s going to need to add some additional skills to his skill set. The better fighters in the division will be able to avoid his punching prowess and will either control him at range or take him to the mat. Fight Film Check out Mike Perry in some of his most recent fights:   Mike Perry vs. Frank Carrillo   Mike Perry vs. David Mundell

Written by Jay Primetown

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