Mike Perry asserts that the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is where he is earning the most money.
Page was defeated in August at BKFC 27 in London by Mike Perry, who joined the promotion in October of last year when his contract with the UFC expired. He is now 2-0 in the BKFC career and competes in the middleweight division of the BKFC. Mike "Platinum" Perry disclosed that his income at BKFC is at least twice as much as his pay at the UFC.
Mike Perry, a 15-fight UFC veteran, was approached by Ariel Helwani to quantify how much money he makes in BKFC as opposed to UFC. Perry answered:
“Well, I think I made more in Triller [than BKFC].” Perry added, “But there was more light on us in the bare-knuckle [BKFC] as well as good money.”
Helwani inquired yet again as to whether his income in BKFC is higher than it was in the UFC. Perry expressed that:
“I’m making double. Or more than double because now, they took some pressure off, I guess, with…I need to think about it that way sometimes as if there was a win purse. Triller gave me a good win bonus. I had something to fight for extra. But not having to think about the other side of it, I really just felt like I got to be me.”
"Platinum" proposed that his entire BKFC fight purse be predetermined rather than being granted a bonus if he wins his match. He knew he would be paid generously whether he won or lost when making his BKFC debut.
Perry also highlighted that he wasn't sick or exhausted before the battle. Because of that, he was able to go all-out during his bare-knuckle boxing debut at BKFC: KnuckleMania 2. Perry further emphasized that because he received good pay, he fought without restraint. He wasn't too concerned about the possibility of breaking his hand or leg and missing a month or two of play.
Perry discussed his time at BKFC and his latest battle with Michael Page in a recent edition of Brendan Schaub's Food Truck Diaries:
"I gotta say, man. Bare Knuckle's talking real money. They're offering much more than I've ever seen in my entire life. It's boxing money. I show up and I get the money. With the 'MVP' fight, I got paid regardless and then there was a little bit of a win bonus on top of that."
Perry could be making fun of his former UFC bosses by referring to his BKFC wallet as "boxing money." 'Platinum' said he believes BKFC pays its participants more money than he's "ever seen" in a fight, about former MMA fighters switching to boxing to earn more cash.