By: John Morgan | September 17, 2017
Mike Perry scored his second consecutive knockout win, using a devastating knee to finish late replacement Alex Reyes.
The welterweight contest was featured in the FS1-televised co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Perry worked quickly to the center of the cage and looked to fire massive power shots. Reyes moved well to open but was clipped by a knee that seemed to bother him. Perry sensed the opportunity and moved forward, looking to work from the clinch. It proved a wise decision, as he pulled Reyes’ head down and blasted him with a knee, sending him toppling to the canvas. A hammerfist followed, and the bout was brought to an end 79 seconds after it began.
Perry was originally expected to face UFC veteran Thiago Alves, who was forced to withdraw from the card to take care of family following Hurricane Irma. After the win, Perry called for a future booking with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all 11 of his career wins by knockout. Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) drops his UFC debut but will likely earn another look, this time at lightweight.