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Mike Perry is open to fighting Dillon Danis, but there's 'no chance he'll fight me with his bare hands'


Mike Perry continues to explore his options for his next fight, but one name that has been popping up lately is the always outspoken Dillon Danis.

The grappler and two-time Bellator veteran, who suffered a disqualification loss to Logan Paul last December, got into an argument with Perry on social media, fueling speculation that it could lead to a fight. Perry spoke about a potential fight with Denis at MMA Hour after exchanging several messages over the past few weeks.

“Dillon Danis and I talked a little bit,” Perry said. “I don’t know, as far as I’m concerned, it was pretty innocent. He posted a couple of things, I posted a couple of jokes. The crap he posts is outdated and I've gone way beyond that and beyond. I have done something in my life, and the media is also slandering me.”

Before his success at BKFC, where Perry became the face of the sport, he often saw his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, including a violent altercation at a restaurant in Texas and allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife.

Over the past few years, Perry had grown into a devoted family man with a wife and children, but he knew Denis would target his past to draw his attention to a potential fight.

The situation hasn't gotten out of hand, which is probably for the best for Denis, who is already facing a lawsuit from Logan Paul's fiancée Nina Agdal after she took him to court for online harassment. Agdal claims that Denise hacked one of her social media accounts.

“When it comes to Dillon, we make a few jokes,” Perry said. “We don’t really have a problem with each other, but I think he has fun when you fight him, if you fight him. If he's going to fight me. A lot of people told me that he can play the way he wants (fight me), but then he won't. But he doesn't attack me in a nasty manner. He's actually talking about some of the things that the media has already covered, and he's maybe four years old or so. I'll have to live with it, that's normal.

“I guess I can try to make fun of him. All you have to do is Google someone’s name and you’ll get a ton of funny memes.”

As for the actual fight, Perry seems interested in facing Denis, although he knows they will have to come to some kind of middle ground regarding the type of fight.

Denis is best known as Conor McGregor's grappling coach, but he moved into MMA with a pair of fights in Bellator before returning to action for the first time in over four years for a boxing match against Paul.

With a long track record in MMA, including 15 fights in the UFC, Perry doesn't mind returning to his old stomping grounds to fight Denis because he knows a bare-knuckle fight will never happen.

“There's no chance he'll fist fight me,” Perry said. “He thinks this is not a real fight.

“Full disclosure: I would like to beat him at his own game. Well, not just wrestling, I would prefer punching and kicking. Not just jiu-jitsu, it should be more exciting than just a jiu-jitsu match. MMA is an opportunity. It just depends on whether they can connect. We saw and heard a lot of people say, “I'm not going out there and fist-fighting Mike.” So I’m not going to sit here and say I wouldn’t fight someone any other way.”

Perry has hinted at other opportunities that have come his way recently, including a boxing match he turned down against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on the undercard of the upcoming Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson fight in July. That fight simply didn't meet his financial expectations, which is why Perry says he lost.

Of course, BKFC remains his top priority, but Perry promises he's open for business and hopes to fight sooner rather than later after knocking out UFC veteran and former BKFC champion Thiago Alves in 60 seconds on April 27.

“We're trying to capture these things and see what happens in the next month or two,” Perry said. “I have to return to the ring soon and put on a spectacular performance for the fans here. This may be my favorite set of rules. This might be someone's favorite set of rules because they definitely don't want to come here and do what I do.

“Some people seem to forget that I can fight. I can fight any way or win any way because the mentality that I train with is what I bring to my team and we are all focused on the same path.”


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