"Platinum" Mike Perry broke his two-fight losing streak with a win over Mikey Gall at UFC on ESPN 12 on Saturday night, and then talked about being cornered by his girlfriend, taxes, and finding a team
"Platinum" spoke to critics of his choice to be cornered solely by his girlfriend Latory Gonzalez.
“Proven right is what it is tonight,” said Perry, as transcribed by Alexander K. Lee for MMA Fighting. “I feel awesome, I can’t lie. There was a lot of haters, hating on us, hating on her, and she’s so innocent in all this. Obviously, it’s because I say things, I talk, from an entertainment side of the sport and also because they be hating on me so hard so I just talk because it’s, like, ugh. And then when she started getting it, I was just really upset, but I fed off that tonight.
“I remember before I walked out thinking about things that made me angry. Even though by the time I went to walk out, I was blank. That’s the way it should be. You react. You just go out there and fight. The work is done, it’s time to go.”
“She did a great job. “She kept it very simple. She shouted a couple of things, I heard her during the fight and I remember telling myself, ‘Okay. There you go. She getting into it now. She was like, ‘Keep your hand up.’ There was one time he had swung and just missed. ‘Get your hand back up,” and I’m like, ‘Alright.’
“In the corner, when she was in there rubbing the ice on me, she kept asking me, ‘Hey, where do you want, what else do you want, what can I do?’ She was trying to do more for me and it was really cool just sitting in there quiet and just thinking about how the next round was gonna go.”
“These coaches that haven’t even been in the position that their fighters are in, that’s why I didn’t have coaches tonight because—I did though, she was perfect because she knows she hasn’t been in my position. So she spoke from a humble standpoint on the outside. She kept it simple and I didn’t need any advice.
“Maybe it was luck tonight that I didn’t—it was good luck to get this opponent—but I handled business and I’m gonna go back to the drawing board and try and put a team together that we can work for upcoming events.”
“This is all kind of new to her. Everybody loves her, so all these people hating because of me it makes me feel kind of bad sometimes that I brought her into that. But that’s what happens when you get attention and people just start hating on it and they’re hating on our dreams and our goals and we’re accomplishing them anyway.
“I really try more to coach her like, ‘Hey, look,’ she thought people were one way and now she’s starting to see that people are a totally different way. She was like, ‘Y’all innocent until proven guilty,’ and to me I’m like, ‘Y’all guilty until proven innocent.’ Until you prove yourselves to be cool and faithful. There’s no reason to be disrespectful. I don’t owe y’all nothing.”
“My girl did such a great job bringing in the stool and the bucket with the water. I was thinking, sometimes coaches be so ready to get in there and tell you something like they think they’re gonna make a difference for you and it’s for themselves. They want to feel like they told you something that helped you win this UFC fight. And they’re just getting money and attention and trying to take credit for what your work has done. Like, bro, carry that bucket and bring me that stool. (Gonzalez) looked better than any coach all-time bringing that stool and that bucket. She was so pretty with that little ninja face mask, killing it all night long.
“So yes, it’s good to keep it simple, I feel like guys yell too much and they’re saying stuff, you can’t even think. Are you even trying to listen to this person? Should I stop trying to listen to this person? Listen, your words ain’t gonna make a difference, bro. And his coaches words wasn’t making a difference. I’m in front of you trying to punch you in the face, you gotta deal with that. That’s it. You gotta deal with that. Not your coaches. Not your game plan. None of that.”
With love out of the way, Perry turned to team and taxes.
“I gotta go find that team, I gotta make some moves,” said Perry as transcribed by Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania. “I gotta take this money, I gotta move to a new area, me and my girl. And uh, there are some big things happening in my life and I’m gonna go put some things together, I gotta pay some bills, pay some debts.”
“I gotta talk to the tax folk and see if we can run that number down cuz I believe I paid out over $100,000 last year between a couple different countries and then they trying to hit me again at the end of the year. It’s like I don’t even fight for minimum wage sometimes. And look, I ain’t trying to be one of these guys asking for more money, I’m not. I’m asking for the government to stop taking so much of this!”
“So, you know what I mean, like, something gotta work out. Maybe we put in contract that the taxes is paid when Platinum is paid. Like, when I get paid, that’s it. That’s my money! Don’t give me money if you don’t want me to spend it then come back and ask me for something later. That makes no sense! I’m trying to wild out, bro. Mai Tais on the beach.”