Mike Perry doesn’t believe that Hurricane Irma was really the reason why Thiago Alves didn’t head north to fight him at UFC Fight Night 116. But the longtime, welterweight contender has outlined why he decided to stay behind in Florida with his family, and Alves has also delivered Perry a warning as well…
Perry and Alves were booked to fight in the co-main event of the Pittsburgh card on Saturday, but last week, it was announced the latter wasn’t going to make the trek. Alves elected to stay in South Florida with his family, while Perry, who also resides in that state, flew out before the storm hit the region.
Well, before Perry knocked out Alves’ replacement for UFC FN 116, Alex Reyes, he called the “Pitbull’s” reasons “bulls–t.”According to Perry, Alves used Hurricane Irma as an excuse to duck out of their scrap.
This was my first hurricane as a husband and a father. The safety of my family it’s my duty and they will always come first! Still, i did make every attempt suggested by the UFC Travel Team to get to Pittsburgh besides taking a “Road Trip” with my wife and my 13 months son when the whole state of FL was evacuating. All my flights continued to get cancelled from Friday am all the way to Tuesday 11 pm. After spending 6 hours at the airport with no real idea when I would make to the fight, having no electricity, sleeping in the gym with my family, and dealing with my dog dying from heat exhaustion … I decided to stay with my family and rebuild. I will never apologize for that, it’s not in my nature.
I have too much love and respect for my Sport, Family, Team and the MMA Fans to go to war not being 100% ready. Me and the UFC are in great terms, they understand my decision. I’ve been with the company for 12 years. I’ve known Sean Shelby for a very long time and he knows I always come to fight. I trained for 16 weeks bc this fight was originally happening in August. If I don’t fight I don’t get paid, so nobody suffers but Me and My Family. I’m ready and will stay ready. I should be rebooked by December. My support to everyone that went through Hurricane Irma. My thoughts and prays are with you #RipTanky
No one should be criticizing Alves for decision after reading this. The American Top Team fighter also tweeted out the warning below to Perry:
— Thiago Pitbull Alves (@ThiagoAlvesATT) September 17, 2017
So, maybe we’ll see Alves – Perry later this year or in early 2018? Sounds like a plan right? Although, so does Robbie Lawler – Perry, which is the bout “Platinum” called for after his KO win Saturday.