Welterweight fighter Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry has caused a stir online ahead of his UFC fight with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
The two will face off on November 11 in Fight Night 139, and in an attempt to create some hype around the bout, Perry uploaded a video of himself dressed as a “Native American”.
“I support the legendary Native American warriors and I am tirelessly hunting this @cowboycerrone for his crimes of defamation,” Perry wrote.
But Perry’s video was quick to cause some controversy by those who viewed it on social media, labelling it as “racist”:
Mike Perry out here thriving on his .00032647% Native American heritage.
— Stephie Haynes (@CrooklynMMA) October 31, 2018
Apparently Mike Perry's Junior high AV club project got away from him here. How many racial incidents does this guy need to have before the company decides to discipline him? Idiotic. https://t.co/z71eGxnyL9
— Reynolds (@IamReynolds2305) October 31, 2018
— Gregg Deal (@greggdeal) October 30, 2018
wow, Mike Perry going full racist wasn't what I expected on a tuesday
— REASONABLY POOR IMPULSE CONTROL (@coconono) October 30, 2018
The 27-year-old was wearing in a feather headdress topped off with face-paint whilst wielding a fake axe, calling out Cerrone in the process – a smoke machine even billowed out fake smoke as Perry emerged:
“I will catch him across state lines in Denver Colorado, November 10th for alll the people of the world to see the battle between #Cowboy vs #Platinum,” he wrote.
Never far from engaging in some social media banter, Perry absolutely blasted the nay-sayers on social media labelling his video as “racist”:
“It’s Halloween. Not offensive. How does a video hurt your feelings ? It doesn’t. If I punch you in the face that would hurt you.”