Perry ended a two-fight skid with a one-sided unanimous choice victory over Mickey Gall in the penultimate battle of the UFC’s fifth consecutive fan-free occasion in its hometown.
But it was Perry’s method to the battle which had folks fascinated. He did not have a coach or coach in his corner, as an alternative selecting his girlfriend to be in the Octagon between rounds.
He proudly walked out to the bout beside his girlfriend Latory Gonzalez.
Perry had misplaced 5 of his previous seven fights, and his wild blended martial arts profession took one other swerve in latest months when he cut up with his spouse, separated from his coaches and determined that his girlfriend, Gonzalez, can be the only particular person in his corner at this battle.
He copped loads of criticism in the lead-up to the battle and was mocked concerning the choice too.
“There’s one particular person in this world who deserves the chance for that entrance row seat,” Perry advised CBS Sports earlier than the battle.
“That’s essentially the most lovely factor that I ever noticed. It’s my woman, Latory Gonzalez.
“[She] is new motivation, the most effective motivation and the motivation I’ve been on the lookout for my complete life.
“What does a man battle for? Deep down, the animalistic options now we have say that ‘if I might beat that man and chunk his neck earlier than he bites mine, I get to take the gorgeous woman house.'”
Gonzalez does not have an intensive fight sports activities background, telling ESPN after the battle that she did some wrestling in highschool.
But it did not appear to matter in her debut as a cornerwoman, incomes a 1-Zero file behind Perry.
Her corner work largely consisted of putting an ice bag on Perry’s neck between rounds and saying: “You’re doing nice, child.” Perry used his personal water bottle, a scene not often seen in the UFC.
Perry additionally advised Gonzalez after the primary spherical as he sat down on his stool: “Hey, you look good babe!”
“A couple of months in the past once we began relationship, I knew I used to be going to prepare for a battle and I knew I wished to do that on my own, and I advised her a few years in the past that I wished to offer her this expertise and convey her into the corner after I first met her,” Perry advised ESPN post-fight.
“Life went different methods, however I noticed it in my head and I made it come to fruition and right here we’re as winners, as champions of the evening.”
Gonzalez mentioned she was a bit nervous concerning the battle, however was relieved as soon as it started.
“I used to be prepared for it. I’ve been ready for this for years, so it was a enjoyable expertise,” she mentioned.
And the MMA world was very impressed by the unlikely Octagon duo.