Perry has had quite a lot of buzz behind him in recent months, thanks to highlight reel, stoppage wins over the likes of Alex Reyes and Jake Ellenberger. Heading into their February 24th bout, Griffin was a sizeable underdog on the betting lines, in the +240 to +325 range. Not only that, but due to Perry’s charismatic personality, and knack for trading trash talk, “Platinum” received plenty of coverage leading up to UFC on FOX 28.
Well, at the Orlando event, Griffin proceeded to outscore the Florida fighter for the decision win. The bout was called by some as an upset, but obviously, Griffin wasn’t surprised with what transpired. In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, the welterweight had this to say about the massive victory:
“I feel like I got to show a lot more by going that long,” Griffin said. “I didn’t take him early; I got to bust him up, show my speed, show my wrestling, show my cardio, show my movement. And it was real decisive. He got picked apart. He took some good punches.
“I feel better about it, because I did drop him, I did hurt him, I kind of embarrassed him. There was a lot more win in that win by making it a decision than just finishing the guy.
“It wasn’t a fluke. I broke him, and you can’t deny it.”
Yup. If folks were looking past or underestimating Griffin, chances are they’re not now. Perry may have some holes in his game, but he has a ton of heart, keeps coming, and he also hits like a truck. So, Griffin definitely made a statement that night.
With the win, Griffin moved his UFC record to 2-2, so it will be interesting to see what comes next for him. One would think the 32 year-old will likely face another fighter with a name, since the UFC will be looking to give Griffin more of a push, following that memorable performance.