'I'm hanging myself at this point': UFC star Mike Perry details potentially tragic training accident
It is probably fair to say that if you are a UFC fighter and have facial tattoos, you may have found yourself in one or two tricky situations over the years. Perry is one such person who can certainly attest to that. The popular fighter, who faces Alex 'Cowboy' Oliveira at Saturday's UFC Fort Lauderdale event, has detailed a recent training mishap at his gym during an ESPN promotional shoot which had potentially tragic circumstances.
Perry, who was a recent guest on the premiere episode of 'Fight Night on RT Sport', told Fox Sports Asia of the incident which occurred during his training camp for the Oliveira fight. 'Platinum' was, as he puts it, 'playing around' and noticed a thick rubber band wrapped around the pull-up bar and, wanting to test his resilience to a choke, he inserted his neck inside the loop.
"So I lean forward and it wraps around my neck and so I flex myself so that I could hold on," Perry explained. "And in two seconds, as soon as lean forward, next thing I know Alan, from the UFC, and Jacare Souza are there. Alan is, like, slapping me and they’re pouring water on me."
Souza, the Brazilian submission machine who faces Jack Hermansson in Saturday's main event, initially thought Perry was joking around before realizing the potentially serious nature of the situation, saving his unconscious teammate.
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Hardest weight cut to date. Sheesh it’s so crazy the emotional roller coaster you get on and then you get to drink liquid again. In seconds I am 10lbs bigger. Water flowing through me cooling me down. Made it by a sliver too you don’t even know. Grateful for the help from my team right here. Couldn’t have done it without @platinumprincessofficial #Period #Priceless #Perfection My boys was tough in there too but they know what she goes through with me every step of the way. Now #LetsHaveSomeFun !!! #UfcFortLaudy
Perry detailed further exactly what happened: "So within two seconds I pass out and swing and then she’s hears a bang and [Perry's wife Danielle] looks up and says ‘Mike stop playing’. So I had hit my face against the metal pull-up bar and I’m passed out. Plus I’m still hanging from this thing.
"I’m hanging myself at this point and Jacare sees me and runs over quick and pulls me out of this thing. Then they were like waking me up. When I came too I was like ‘Oh man, it was a bad joke. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare everybody'."Also on rt.com 'I am the people's main event, every damn time': UFC welterweight star 'Platinum' Mike Perry (VIDEO)