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UFC’s Mike Perry ‘to seek help for alcohol abuse’ after knocking out elderly man in restaurant

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to rebuild.

UFC star Mike Perry will “seek professional treatment” in the aftermath of an incident caught on video at a Texas bar, the company said in a statement.

Footage released earlier this week showed UFC welterweight Perry knocking out an older man in a Texas restaurant. He also reportedly struck two others and was heard shouting racial slurs.

UFC released a statement on the issue, saying Perry was going to get help.

“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry,” the statement read, according to ESPN. “The conduct displayed by Perry is not reflective of that of our organization. Perry apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on UFC. He further acknowledged that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling. At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program.”

Perry, who is nicknamed ‘Platinum’ and has a 14-6 professional record, issued a “no comment” statement on social media after the footage went viral on social media.  

Perry reportedly spent about six months in a Florida jail for a probation violation.

He was on probation for a burglary charge in 2014 when he violated the terms with a battery arrest.

In 2013, he also pleaded no contest to a battery charge. Hopefully he gets the help he needs.