23 November 2020 00:34
Mike Perry was given a pretty ironic walkout song for his UFC 255 bout on Saturday. On his way to the octagon, the track "Halo" by Beyoncé began blaring over the loudspeakers to Perry's surprise. "Is this f—king 'Halo?'" he could be heard saying to his corner on camera. "What the f–k?" It appeared Perry's first choice for a walk-up song was unavailable and so the Beyoncé hit was chosen instead. Perry embraced the moment, however, singing along to the song before the official checked him in.
Perry ended up losing to Tim Means by unanimous decision in a welterweight fight at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. In October, Perry was accused of abuse by his ex-wife Danielle Nickerson, who said he physically assaulted her "a handful of times." Nickerson filed a protective order against him in March, but it was denied by a Florida judge. "This is not [something UFC president Dana White will see] and be like, 'He's cut.' There's no way. I don't have that sort of impact. This is not for that," Nickerson told MMA Junkie in October. "This is for helping others. This is for getting the word out there about what you can do to help people in a domestic violence situation and the warning signs and how to not get this deep into something. Hopefully this will be something that pushes the UFC into doing more checks on their heads and brain damage and really taking care of them physically." Perry denied all of the allegations, writing on social media that he never laid a finger on Nickerson. In July, Perry went into treatment after a video of him punching an elderly man at a Texas restaurant went viral.