There is no single person in the world of professional sports that makes me lose my religion more than “Platinum” Mike Perry. Some say his bravado is harmless, although anyone who has the sack to tattoo “God’s Gift” across their abdomen has surely crossed the line from bravado to all out doucebaggery.
Also, let’s not forget the overtly offensive drunken bar fight against some regular Joe the Platinum One recently participated in (and that was caught on tape for all to revel in), not to mention the new domestic violence allegations. Classy, huh?
Maybe it’s my belief that martial artists should be taught to embody respect for not only others, but the space which they occupy that causes me to wish harm upon the head of Mike Perry, but it seems the jokes on me: I’ll watch him tonight hoping he’ll get his face broken, but I’ll still watch him. Touché asshole. Let’s ride!
Deiveson Figuredo (-300) vs Alex Perez (+250)
With the “Mighty Mouse” era firmly in the UFC’s rearview mirror, it seems like the UFC has waffled between looking for someone to pick up where DJ left off and scrapping the flyweight division altogether. Initially pegged as the heir apparent at 125 pounds, Figueredo almost screwed himself by missing weight for his first title fight with Joseph Benevidez.
Fortunately, for everyone invested in this division’s longevity, Figuredo hit his mark on try number two and captured the 125-pound strap. The UFC brass was originally going all in here by pitting Figuredo against Cody Garbrandt, but an injury sidelined “No Love” and provided Alex Perez with the opportunity of a lifetime. Perez is a game striker who uses his wrestling to take opponents into deep water.
The trouble here is every time he moves in to pressure Figuredo, the champ will use his otherworldly counter striking to land a 2 piece with a soda.
I really like Figuredo in all formats. Perez will be cash viable if he proves durable enough to drag the champ to the 4th and 5th rounds, but I don’t think that’s likely to happen.
Valentina Shevchenko (-1400) vs Jennifer Maia (+925)
There’s really not much analysis needed here. Shevchenko is a force at 125 pounds. A dominant, world class kickboxer by trade, she has expanded her skill set to include a dangerous ground game. I mean, did anyone expect her to submit Juliana Pena or Priscila Cachoeira?
Maia is a solid fighter, but she’s out of her league here. Her record includes losses to Kaitlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche. Both are very solid fighters, but they ain’t the “Bullet”.
Like I said before, there’s no need for a ton of analysis here: Shevchenko should be gold in all formats. Leave Maia alone in everything but the deepest of GPP fliers.
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