08 Nov - 
Morning Report: Mike Perry blasts Jackson Wink teammate Ray Borg for UFC Denver withdrawal: B*tch you scared!

This weekend Mike Perry will be taking on Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC Denver. It’s a fight with more than just welterweight ranking implications, it also has bad blood behind it. Perry recently relocated to the Jackson Wink fight team, and his arrival in Albuquerque, N.M. has led to some pretty serious discord among the fight camp. And those troubles only appear to be growing.

Speaking yesterday with Aaron Bronsteter, Mike Perry took shots at fellow Jackson Wink fighter Ray Borg, who was supposed to take on Joseph Benavidez this weekend but was forced out of the fight with medical issues this week. Perry had no sympathy for his teammate, blasting him for being “scared,” not sick.

“He’s not fighting on this card? Aw man, that illness is, man . . .” Perry said. “He got caught, bro. He was talking s**t about Frank the Tank [JacksonWink striking coach Frank Lester] on his wife’s Instagram story in the background. We heard him talking. ‘I don’t like Frank the Tank. I don’t think he’s a good coach’ and this and that, and he don’t know nothing about Frank. He’s just a f*cking hater and that’s why his b*tch-ass ain’t showing up this week to f*cking fight like a man. Sick, you come down with illness. B*tch you scared!”

Jackson Wink is one of the premier fight teams in the sport but since Perry’s arrival, tensions have continued to mount and Perry’s arrival has been a catalyst for long-simmering frustrations to boil over. After Cerrone was offered an opportunity to step in against Perry on short notice, he requested Perry not be allowed to train at the gym he has spent almost his entire professional career competing for. That’s when he and striking coach Mike Winkeljohn got into it, with “Cowboy” blaming Winkeljohn for ruining the team and Winkeljohn calling Cowboy “narcissistic” and blaming him for dividing the team. Now, in this civil war, it appears that fighters are taking sides.

“He was there, he was training, he’s still there I guess,” Perry said of Borg. “The gym is very, there’s a lot people. As a fighter you may go to a gym but I have my plan on how I train, when I train, the times that I train, the people that I train with. . . So we don’t really see all the people all the time. I see Ray Borg a few times but then it’s been like he’s on Cowboy’s nuts and he was hating on Frank and sh*t and ever since he got caught hating on Frank, there’s been this fog in the air. And he don’t say sh*t. I don’t think I’ve ever said two words to Ray Borg.”

Like Perry, Borg is a relatively recent addition to the Jackson Wink team. He came over in 2016 after spending his first few years with Fit NHB, Jackson Wink’s crosstown rival. The change was good for Borg, who earned a title shot against Demetrious Johnson last year. Perry is hoping for a similar outcome but first he has to get past Cowboy, in Cowboy’s hometown. But Perry is more concerned with the fight being over too soon than he is with Cerrone.

“I hope it’s not too short of a show on Saturday,” Perry said at his open workout. “I hope he can take a few shots before he goes to sleep. We’ll see how bloody the fight is. Let’s make a war out of this.”


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Leverage. Brock Lesnar’s new WWE deal may lead to Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 3.

Grand Prixs. Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez to headline ONE flyweight, lightweight tournaments.

Psych. Floyd Mayweather shoots down ‘misleading’ news of Tenshin Nasukawa fight.

eSports. ONE Championship launches ONE eSports; Demetrious Johnson to serve as Chief Brand Ambassador.

VP. Miesha Tate named ONE Championship vice president, moving to Singapore.


VIDEO STEW

The A-Side Live Chat.

Compilation of bad presser questions.

Behind the Scenes for UFC Denver.

Paige on breaking her arm.

Kevin Lee interview.

Pacific Rim Weidman.


LISTEN UP

Heavy Hands. Discussing UFC 230 and looking ahead to UFC Denver.

Obviously Fight Talk. Interviews with Chuck Mindenhall and Bruce Buffer.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Floyd got hoodwinked.

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Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the "Rizen Fighting Federation". What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of "One Entertainment" was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a "Special Bout" purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide. Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval. For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.

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And so the purge begins.

The beef goes on.

This is a truly remarkable way to refute that you are an “immature little kid”.

Damn.

That’s like half the rankings right there.

Surgery.

For it.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Charles Oliveira (24-8, 1 NC) vs. Jim Miller (29-12, 1 NC); UFC on FOX 31, Dec. 15

Aaron Pico (4-1) vs. Henry Corrales (4-3); Bellator, Jan. 26.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2014: Ovince Saint Preux knocked out Mauricio Ruad in 34 seconds at UFC Fight Night 56. That same evening, at UFC Fight Night 55, Luke Rockhold throttled Mchael Bisping with a one-armed guillotine choke.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Damn. ONE had a pretty huge last few weeks. They are really making some noise now.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow!


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