Brash and explosive welterweight Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry successfully rebounded from the first defeat of his professional career tonight, finishing Jake Ellenberger in the second round at UFC Nashville.
The conclusion of the fight was genuinely shocking in it’s brutality. With blood streaming from his nose, which had been badly damaged by a punch in the competitive opening round, Perry first dropped Ellenberger with a left-hook. The aggressive 25-year-old proceeded to swarm his opponent, reigning down blows and claret upon him in a grisly scene. Ellenberger managed to make it back to a vertical base, but he was only there very briefly, as a quick, short but powerful right elbow strike soon returned the veteran to the canvas. This time, completely unconscious.
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While Perry celebrated with some breakdancing, screaming and posing, there were some worrying moments. Ellenberger, who has now suffered 3 stoppage defeats in his last 5 fights, remained on the deck for a long time after the knockout. Thankfully, by the time Perry had finished his post-fight interview, Ellenberger had ascended to a stool.
With the win, Perry moves to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the UFC, with each and every one of his victories coming via KO/TKO. He will have gone a long way toward erasing the memory of that December loss to Alan Jouban from the minds of fans with this particular KO.
For Ellenberger, the end of the road looks nigh. A shocking stoppage win over Matt Brown is his only victory in 5 and he is 7-2 in his last 9. He drops to 31-13 overall.