UFC returns to action after a week hiatus from UFC 260 once again inside the APEX for UFC Vegas 23. The event will also mark UFC’s return to ABC. In the main event of the evening, Marvin Vettori takes on Kevin Holland on a week’s notice to cement his position in the middleweight division. However, that’s not the only exciting match-up that fans will get to witness. Mike Perry takes on Daniel Rodriguez in what looks like a do-or-die fight for the Platinum.
Mike Perry is coming off a decision loss over Tim Means back at UFC 255 and will look to jump back to the winning column. However, it’s hard to ignore that Perry has only gotten slower and less dangerous if we look at his past couple of fights. There’s no doubt that Perry is a talented fighter and his performances against Paul Felder and Vicente Luque are testimony to his skill set, however, he just doesn’t look that focused anymore.
Meanwhile, Daniel Rodriguez also needs a win to his name after dropping a unanimous decision loss to Nicolas Dalby. Both Perry and Dalby fought on the same card at UFC 255. Ahead of the match-up, let’s compare their fighting styles and try to come to predict who gets his hand raised at UFC Vegas 23.
Mike Perry vs Daniel Rodriguez stats
Mike Perry just hasn’t been the same fighter ever since his Fight of the Night performance against Vicente Luque. Perry suffered his first stoppage loss in the next fight, losing to Geoff Neal via way of TKO in the very first round. Perry’s last win came against Mickey Gall in a win that became a reason for controversy after Perry appeared with just his girlfriend by his side in his corner.
Mike Perry needs to put in a camp and prepare for fights. Perry’s Twitter activities will usually signal if he is in the right space. Looking at his recent tweets, it does look like Perry wants to make a comeback. However, it will be easier said than done.
Daniel Rodriguez suffered a setback in his last fight after picking up three back to back in the year 2020. Be that as it may, Rodriguez is a talented fighter who is training alongside Donald Cerrone at the BMF Ranch. Rodriguez comes inside the Octagon with a lot of power in his hands, and it will be interesting to see if Perry will be able to keep up with the pressure.
Daniel Rodriguez is expected to get the win this weekend. Perry will need to do something really special to get a win. However, Rodriguez’s speed and power could prove to be too much for the Platinum.
Mike Perry vs Daniel Rodriguez prediction: Daniel Rodriguez via TKO