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UFC release statement on Mike Perry – Must complete treatment

The controversial welterweight acknowledges alcohol abuse issues following the assault of an older man

Following the shocking assault of a man and the use of racial slurs, the UFC have now released a statement on the actions of controversial welterweight Mike Perry.

It was earlier this week when a video surfaced, that began with Perry and his girlfriend and cornerperson Latory Gonzalez, leaving a restaurant while having a heated argument. While, the heated argument intensified, and Perry ended up assaulting and knocking out an older man in the process – He then proceeded to use the N-word repeatedly.

Per ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, the UFC released a statement on Perry’s actions.

“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry.” The statement began. “The conduct displayed by Perry is no reflective of that of our organization.

Perry apologized for his behaviour and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on UFC. He further acknowledged that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behaviour counselling.

At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program,” The statement concluded.

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Perry has come off as odd, to say the least, for some time. His behaviour and rhetoric in the video of the infamous assault is however telling of somebody in deep distress. His liberal use of the N-word over the years has gone largely unnoticed by the UFC and MMA media alike. If indeed alcohol abuse is at the root of some of these issues, hopefully professional treatment

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