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UFC on FOX 28 Primer: Mike Perry, Dirtbag Hero

Image is everything in entertainment, and since so much of MMA involves engaging with fans on a meaningful level, it behooves fighters to be more than just athletes.

Which is just a fancy way of saying that welterweight knockout artist Mike Perry comes across as a dirtbag, and the image works.

In just six UFC fights, Perry has established himself as a killer in the cage, and whenever a microphone is put in his face, it’s not hard to imagine him working security at a meth lab or breaking limbs as a biker gang enforcer. Which could be way off the mark – Perry might go to church every Sunday for all I know! But that image… that image works for him, works for the fans, and works for his bosses. Already the UFC has had Perry host a fan Q and A session, and they produce hype vids in his honor (like the one posted below).

Tonight Perry will scrap on the main card of UFC on FOX 28. There, he’ll take on Max Griffin, a total nobody from Team Alpha Male who’s likely purpose is to give Perry another highlight-reel knockout to brag about.

If Perry wins, you can bet he’ll do so violently. Afterwards, he’ll take the mic and use foul language and promise doom on those who cross him. And maybe he’ll be in church the next day, or breaking the back of some poor soul in a trailer park. Either way, the image Perry has cultivated entertains, so let’s soak it up and enjoy it.

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UFC on FOX 28 Primer: Mike Perry, Dirtbag Hero

Image is everything in entertainment, and since so much of MMA involves engaging with fans on a meaningful level, it behooves fighters to be more than just athletes.

Which is just a fancy way of saying that welterweight knockout artist Mike Perry comes across as a dirtbag, and the image works.

In just six UFC fights, Perry has established himself as a killer in the cage, and whenever a microphone is put in his face, it’s not hard to imagine him working security at a meth lab or breaking limbs as a biker gang enforcer. Which could be way off the mark – Perry might go to church every Sunday for all I know! But that image… that image works for him, works for the fans, and works for his bosses. Already the UFC has had Perry host a fan Q and A session, and they produce hype vids in his honor (like the one posted below).

Tonight Perry will scrap on the main card of UFC on FOX 28. There, he’ll take on Max Griffin, a total nobody from Team Alpha Male who’s likely purpose is to give Perry another highlight-reel knockout to brag about.

If Perry wins, you can bet he’ll do so violently. Afterwards, he’ll take the mic and use foul language and promise doom on those who cross him. And maybe he’ll be in church the next day, or breaking the back of some poor soul in a trailer park. Either way, the image Perry has cultivated entertains, so let’s soak it up and enjoy it.

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UFC 222 Primer: Frankie Edgar Is Great, Isn’t He?

His rise to the top of the lightweight division is the stuff of legend.

Frankie Edgar came to the Octagon as a late-replacement, unable to make it onto the The Ultimate Fighter show despite impressing Dana White at the tryouts. And when Edgar stepped into the cage against Tyson Griffin, in a fight no one else dared take, it was assumed that Griffin was going chew the New Jersey native up and spit him out.

But Edgar out-hustled him by a factor of ten, and out-hustled everyone after that (aside from Gray Maynard) until it was time to face the mighty BJ Penn for the title. Edgar kicked Penn’s ass that night, and again in a rematch, and then fought Maynard to a draw before finally knocking him out in the trilogy fight.

Greatness. That’s Edgar, in a nutshell.

Sadly, he was undersized as a lightweight, and after two losses to Benson Henderson, Edgar took on Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt. Ultimately, Edgar has faced Aldo twice, and in nine fights at 145 pounds, Aldo gave him his only two losses.

Which brings us to UFC 222.

Edgar and champ Max Holloway have been playing “Tag, you’re injured!” for a while now, first with Edgar missing the boat on their fight and then with Holloway doing the same. That left UFC 222 without a main event, until the UFC decided to put female featherweight champ Cris Cyborg in the marquee bout opposite Invicta FC champ Yana Kunitskaya. That has left Edgar in the co-main event, opposite up-and-comer Brian Ortega.

Fans have a lot of love for Edgar – both for his greatness and his down-to-Earth personality. So here’s a little vid the UFC has put together in his honor.

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UFC Fight Night 126 Primer: Donald Cerrone, The UFC’s MVP

Sure, the UFC wishes it had a roster full of Conor McGregors and Ronda Rouseys, because those kinds of fighters rake in the pay-per-view dough.

But the sad truth is, a Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey is a rare thing.

More numerous are the fighters just struggling to find a win and get their paycheck.

Most valuable though are the ones who bring an unending supply of violence every time.

Donald Cerrone has been one of those MVPs for a while now, always ready and always willing, and that willingness has earned him a ton of fans.

It’s come with a downside, of course. “Cowboy” didn’t have to give relative unknown Darren Till the time of day, but he did, agreeing to face the Brit slugger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Cerrone got clobbered.

And Cerrone got clobbered against Jorge Masvidal. And Rafael dos Anjos – twice. And Anthony Pettis.

But Cerrone has made it clear he cares more about throwing down than he does about his win/loss record

This Sunday, Cerrone will headline another UFC – UFC Fight Night 126 – and he’ll be doing it opposite another scrapper, Yancy Medeiros. Like Cerrone, Medeiros favors banging it out above all else, so the expectation is that these two are going to throw leather until one of them is unconscious.

That’s fine. In fact, that’s what the UFC wants. The FOX deal demands a certain amount of events per year on the FOX networks, and the UFC certainly can’t spare McGregor or anyone other pay-per-view stars for them. Nor can the UFC make those cards all about nigh-worthless unknowns battling it out for a tiny bit of recognition.

Therein lies Cowboy’s value.

He’ll never be a champ, not with his limitations and closing window of opportunity. But he be a superstar of violence and attitude, and that makes him the perfect kind of fighter for the organization.

Here’s a sample of the MVP in action.

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UFC Fight Night 126 Primer: Donald Cerrone, The UFC’s MVP

Sure, the UFC wishes it had a roster full of Conor McGregors and Ronda Rouseys, because those kinds of fighters rake in the pay-per-view dough.

But the sad truth is, a Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey is a rare thing.

More numerous are the fighters just struggling to find a win and get their paycheck.

Most valuable though are the ones who bring an unending supply of violence every time.

Donald Cerrone has been one of those MVPs for a while now, always ready and always willing, and that willingness has earned him a ton of fans.

It’s come with a downside, of course. “Cowboy” didn’t have to give relative unknown Darren Till the time of day, but he did, agreeing to face the Brit slugger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Cerrone got clobbered.

And Cerrone got clobbered against Jorge Masvidal. And Rafael dos Anjos – twice. And Anthony Pettis.

But Cerrone has made it clear he cares more about throwing down than he does about his win/loss record

This Sunday, Cerrone will headline another UFC – UFC Fight Night 126 – and he’ll be doing it opposite another scrapper, Yancy Medeiros. Like Cerrone, Medeiros favors banging it out above all else, so the expectation is that these two are going to throw leather until one of them is unconscious.

That’s fine. In fact, that’s what the UFC wants. The FOX deal demands a certain amount of events per year on the FOX networks, and the UFC certainly can’t spare McGregor or anyone other pay-per-view stars for them. Nor can the UFC make those cards all about nigh-worthless unknowns battling it out for a tiny bit of recognition.

Therein lies Cowboy’s value.

He’ll never be a champ, not with his limitations and closing window of opportunity. But he be a superstar of violence and attitude, and that makes him the perfect kind of fighter for the organization.

Here’s a sample of the MVP in action.

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UFC 221 Primer: Hardy and Gooden Break Down Rockhold vs. Romero

The best thing about Saturday night’s UFC 221 pay-per-view is that both competitors – Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero – are capable of anything.

Well, almost anything, because we have yet to see Romero win by submission…

But former champ Rockhold, he can do it all! Want to see a TKO via a kick to the body? Rockhold’s got you covered.

Want to see someone tap out from a choke? Rockhold’s your man.

Want to see a grinding decision victory that makes you question why you’re a fan of this sport? That’s Rockhold, too.

Romero, for his part, is great at explosive TKO’s where his knee splits open a dude’s head. That’s something, right?

Anyway, anything can happen when these two meet for the interim middleweight title on Saturday. And to help break down what you’ll be looking at once the action is underway in the cage, here’s UFC UK commentating team Dan Hardy and John Gooden.

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UFC 220 Primer: Embedded, Episode 6

The latest installment of UFC 220’s Embedded is up, and in it is a glimpse of something akin to a unicorn. Like a mythical creature found only in children’s books, former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez makes an appearance alongside teammate Daniel Cormier (Cormier is one half of the co-main event tonight). Man, remember when […]

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Bellator 192 Primer: Up Close With Champ Douglas Lima

The UFC is going all out for their show in Boston this weekend, but all the way on the other side of the country Bellator is going big, too. Bellator 192 is the event, and though the main event has former UFC stars Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson kicking off the opening round of […]

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UFC Fight Night 124 Primer: Beware the Korean Superboy

Doo Ho Choi is headlining UFC Fight Night 124 opposite Jeremy Stephens, and these are the relevant facts: Choi was undefeated in the Octagon until he faced off against Cub Swanson at UFC 206, and he gave Swanson all he could handle. Prior to that bout, the South Korean was slaughtering dudes. “The Korean Superboy” […]

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UFC Fight Night 124 Primer: Beware the Korean Superboy

Doo Ho Choi is headlining UFC Fight Night 124 opposite Jeremy Stephens, and these are the relevant facts: Choi was undefeated in the Octagon until he faced off against Cub Swanson at UFC 206, and he gave Swanson all he could handle. Prior to that bout, the South Korean was slaughtering dudes. “The Korean Superboy” […]

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