If Nate Diaz is looking for a challenge as a free agent, Mike Perry is ready to welcome him to a fistfight.
By ending his UFC contract with a win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279, Diaz has become one of the hottest commodities in combat sports, a proven superstar who can sell fights and prove his word in the cage or in the ring.
While the most obvious next move would be a boxing match against Jake Paul, Perry has other ideas, as does BKFC President Dave Feldman, who has already said he’s after Diaz to gauge his interest in boxing. Match against Perry CEO dream fight.
âMy first reaction was: I donât know if he goes where his ideas are,â Perry said. Fighter vs Writer when asked about the potential for Diaz to move to BKFC. “Because he said he wants to do other sports as he wants to be [UFC President] Dana White from the organization or David Feldman from the organization and running the show and showing people how to do it. But he also said things in which he still had a lot of gas in the tank.
âHe’s still interested in a few big fights in his career and I think that’s about it. If he wants to take on a challenge, challenge himself, he loves to box. I know he likes jiu-jitsu too so I don’t know if that would be something he would be completely interested in because without jiu-jitsu against me and just boxing I don’t know if he sees himself a chance against me in the boxing ring without gloves.”
Perry quickly adapted to barehanded competition, winning the war against Ultimate Fighter veteran Julian Lane in his debut. In August, he made the decision to win over Bellator star Michael “Venom” Page.
It was after the Page fight that Perry finally made sure he had found a true home in his new sport, signing a deal to join the BKFC after a five-year stint with the UFC.
He also makes a lot of money as one of the top stars of BKFC, which only adds fuel to the fire when he calls for a fight against Diaz.
âWe’re talking real big money,â Perry said. âAfter the bare-knuckle fight with Thriller, my taxes look like they paid the UFC fighters last night â everyone, the entire roster that was paid one card yesterday, this is what my brackets look like after the fight with a pair. fights. We are talking about big money.
âThis is a real opportunity for everyone involved. We’re not just talking about sports. These are real fights and real money, so if you want some real shit in your life, come and get some of that platinum heat.”
Perry believes he has a lot in common with Diaz in many ways, especially in their demeanor in combat, as well as the attitude that made them a fan favorite.
Even when he called out Diaz to the UFC, Perry never took aim at the Stockton, California native for anything personal. His desire was to fight a kindred spirit who could bring out the best in him.
“That’s a lot of respect for Nate Diaz,” Perry said. âMany fans over the years have said that I’m kind of related to the Diaz brothers and that we have the same initial feelings about fighting. When we fight, it’s a real fight. All this friendly stuff is optional until a winner is chosen and then we can talk about being cool. This is not hostility. He’s a great opponent and so am I.”
If Diaz’s long term goal is to eventually get a fight with Paul, Perry has no problem with that because he actually called for the same opportunity after defeating Page. As Paul is currently preparing to fight UFC legend Anderson Silva on October 29, Perry loves the idea of ââfighting Diaz, with the winner getting the chance to face the YouTube celebrity-turned-boxer.
“We have to put up a fight to see who deserves this fight if [Jake Paul] can get past Silva,â Perry said. âI know Silva after the Jake Paul fight, if he wins and all that after the Jake Paul fight, I donât try to challenge him but I want the fights I deserve and whoever is the best, he does great things. This is Nate Diaz and me.
“The winner should get a fight with Jake Paul or even Anderson Silva, no disrespect to GOAT.”
More than anything, Perry just wants to make sure Diaz pays attention to him. He’ll certainly have many offers, but the ever-outspoken 31-year-old brawler knows there won’t be a more fan-friendly opportunity than this one.
âI call him here – maybe he will try to shut me up,â Perry said. âAll we have to do is make the most noisy fight on the planet, for the fans and for me, because Platinum Mike Perry is trying to fight. I’m trying to fight the best competition I can get. Who wants it all to make sense.
“Nate Diaz, bro, don’t be afraid, bro. I know that you still have a lot of strength left, and fistfight is a real challenge, a real opportunity for both of us. Let’s give the fans what they want to see and I think it’s you and me in a fight.”