While their first fight didn’t go his way, “Platinum” Mike Perry is eyeing a rematch with former opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Following Cerrone’s loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 238 in Chicago, Perry took to Twitter to call for a rematch with Cerrone, who lost to “El Cucuy” by way of doctor-stoppage at the end of the second round.
I’m up for a rematch @Cowboycerrone 😂🤷🏼♂️
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) June 13, 2019
Cerrone defeated Perry back at UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver back in November of 2018, in a fight that had outside drama connected to it as Cerrone left JacksonWink MMA after they decided to focus their attention on Perry who just joined their team. In a welterweight fight that saw Cerrone fighting as a father for the first time, he finished off Mike Perry with a first-round submission and then headed back down to the lightweight division in his pursuit of a UFC title.
Recently a guest on MMA Junkie Radio, Mike Perry was asked about his call out of Cerrone, saying he’s not looking to be a sore loser, he’s just confident the second fight would go differently than their first meeting.
“It’s not chomping at the bit. I’m not trying to be a sore loser over here and I’m not going to beg for a rematch. But I think I’m a capable athlete and he got one over on me where in the right mindset that I feel these days, I can beat that guy. I feel I could have earned that ability or responsibility to get that opportunity to go in the cage or Octagon and fight him again. He would have to see a different Mike Perry.”
After his win over Perry, not only did Donald Cerrone move back down to the lightweight division, but he said his new focus was on becoming champion and no longer chasing money fights. Mike Perry sees an opportunity for a rematch with Cerrone if ‘Cowboy’ decides to quit chasing a title fight at lightweight.
“It’s ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. He’s always down to go again to cash another paycheck. It’s such a game of mindsets where you can play the game on rematches like that because I was finding myself when he fought me the first time. I feel that I have found myself now, so that if he feels, ‘I’m too old and tired to continue to try to get a title win streak going and win for a title,’ instead of giving up after all this time, then he can give me another shot.”
If Cerrone and Perry were to rematch, Perry told MMA Junkie Radio that it would likely lead to a trilogy fight between the two.
“We’ll see if he would want to fight me a third time after I beat him the second time. It’s just real. I want to get that rematch back. That’s the only MMA fighter who has ever stopped me. I may have lost decisions, but no one has ever done anything to me. They were always afraid and running away and ducking and covering. It’s nothing, bro.”
Donald Cerrone recently provided a health update after his loss to Ferguson saying that he did not suffer a broken orbital, and that he was looking for a rematch with Ferguson or just the next fight.
With his repeated claims to be focused on a title more than chasing prize fights, it seems unlikely that Cerrone would entertain a rematch with Perry at this point.
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