UFC fighter Mike Perry is reportedly set for six months out of action after undergoing surgery on a broken nose.
Perry lost to Vicente Luque via a split decision at UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Uruguay on Saturday and suffered a gruesome nose break during the fight. According to Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, Perry was taken for medical treatment immediately after the contest.
"It was straight from the cage to the hospital for Perry, who had a roughly hourlong procedure to clean up all the damage to his nose, a member of his team told MMA Junkie," it was reported. Bohn added that Perry is scheduled to miss almost half a year of action as a result of the injury.
BBC Sport's Dan Walker posted a snap of Perry's nose after his loss to Luque:
UFC Europe shared the final stages of the contest, with the Octagon covered in blood:
ESPN's Ariel Helwani provided more details on the surgery Perry underwent and his upcoming recovery:
Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
Update on Mike Perry via his manager Abraham Kawa: the surgery on his nose took an hour. He’s in good spirits & is happy people enjoyed the fight & that some believe he won. Plan is to get discharged tomorrow night and then fly home. No contact on the nose for at least 6 months.
The showdown in Uruguay was a brutal one, as both men enjoyed spells of dominance.
Perry suffered his injury after being on the end of a flying knee from Luque but was able to carry on fighting and see out the three rounds.
Unsurprisingly, the contest between Perry and Luque was named as the Fight of the Night on the card from Montevideo, meaning both competitors will earn an extra $50,000 bonus.
It was the fifth loss of Perry's professional MMA career, with Platinum falling to 13-5.
Meanwhile, the win extended Luque's winning streak to six fights in the UFC, as he continues to establish a reputation as one of the division's rising stars. Per Helwani, afterward the man known as The Silent Assassin called out Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.