It’s typical to see UFC opponents engage in some trash talk or feign a pre-fight brawl during their weigh-in, but Mike Perry took things to comically new heights Friday by attempting to “pants” Max Griffin after his portion of the weigh-in.
As you can see in the clip above, Perry initially follows the normal weigh-in routine by handing off his clothing and stepping on the scale. Griffin and Perry then engage in the typical stare down, with Griffin appearing to throw in some trash talk for good measure. Then things take a bizarre turn at the 36-second mark, as Perry stoops down and tries to pull off Griffin’s sweatpants. The move appears to also catch the weigh-in commentators by surprise.
“Is he trying to pants him?” one commentator asks.
Given that Nate Diaz nearly smoked marijuana on live television, a pantsing during a weigh-in is almost par for the course by UFC standards.
Per Jay Reddick of the Orlando Sentinel, Perry is a heavy favorite to beat Griffin when the two square off Saturday night. Griffin is a former corporate real estate worker with a career 1-2 record.
“A lot of people are really excited for me,” Perry said, during a pre-fight press conference covered by the Sentinel. “I’ve earned this. That’s the way I look at it. I worked my [expletive] off to make sure I perform on Saturday for the hometown … so I can sleep at home, wake up on fight day, pet my dogs, go to war and return victorious. A comfortable fighter is a dangerous fighter and that’s what I am. I’m a dangerous mother [expletive].”
Griffin and Perry’s welterweight match will be a part of UFC Fight Night, which begins Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Orlando with bouts airing on UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service and Fox.