Mike Perry's Nose, BKFC KO Of The Year And The Most Viral Moments Of The Combat Sports Weekend

Mike Perry

Mike Perry's Nose

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 10: Mike Perry reacts after the conclusion of his welterweight fight against Vicente Luque during the UFC Fight Night event at Antel Arena on August 10, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider /ZuffaZuffa LLC

The combat sports weekend didn't feature events boosted by huge names from any promotion, but there were still some memorable moments and images birthed from UFC Fight Night 156 in Uruguay and Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 7 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Oddly enough, the most viral moments on social media didn't even include the main event from either show.


Mike Perry's Broken Nose

I've been covering combat sports for more than 10 years and following for close to 40, and I've never seen a broken nose quite like the one UFC welterweight Mike Perry suffered in the co-main event against Vicente Luque on Saturday night in Uruguay. Apparently, neither has UFC interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier:

It happened when Luque caught Perry square in the face with a knee in the final minute of a really close and entertaining fight. Here is how it happened:

This GIF posted by the UFC generated 9,000 responses, per ListenFirst, a social media analytics firm:

Perry is one of the toughest guys you'll ever find. He somehow absorbed that mammoth shot, and then fought off a submission for the remainder of the round until he finished it throwing punches from top position.

He lost the fight via split decision, which adds salt to the wound, but he did earn a $50,000 bonus for his efforts in the event's Fight of the Night. Perhaps that's why he was "happy" enough to pose for this picture after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair the nose the following day.

He'll miss at least six months.

In total, Perry, Luque and the aftermath of the fight generated more than 20,000 responses or interactions on Twitter.


Brad Tate's Reaction To Marina Rodriguez's Pre-Fight Ritual With Her Trainer

As much attention as Perry's nose received on social media, the most viral moment of UFC Uruguay came from longtime cutman Brad Tate's reaction to Marina Rodriguez's pre-fight ritual with her trainer:

In addition to being liked more than 190,000 times, the video was viewed more than 9 million times as of Monday afternoon.

Tate seemed startled by the physicality. It reminded me of a famous Richard Pryor bit about his amateur boxing exploits (NSFW the 5:40 mark for reference). This moment was likely so polarizing because Tate is usually so stoic, but the prep caught him off guard.


BKFC 7 KO of the Year

Don't sleep on BKFC.

The David Feldman-led promotion is gaining more fans after every show, and part of the reason for the growth are the simply brutal moments that are sometimes generated in the ring.

Most recently, Kaleb Harris' knock out of Johnavan Vistante caught several combat sports fans' attention. It was easily the KO of the weekend in all of combat sports, and the KO of the Year thus far for BKFC.

The reverse-angle shot of the KO has been viewed more than 33,000 times:

Harris nor Vistante were close to the top of the card, but in BKFC, these kinds of moments can happen at any time during the show.

Here is the rest of the social media round-up from UFC Fight Night 156 and BKFC 7, per ListenFirst:


BKFC 7 Round-Up

  • With Jim Alers beating Leonard Garcia on a first-round technical knockout, that main event matchup didn't produce any similarly viral moments. Jim Alers was mentioned on 88 Tweets on August 10, 2019 with Leonard Garcia being brought up in 131 Tweets.
  • There were 695 Tweets around the Twitter account @bareknucklefc on August 10, 2019; with 1,494 Tweets around the hashtag #BKFC7
  • Bare Knuckle FC hit 2,137 in Fan Growth on August 10, 2019, highlighted by 656 new followers on Instagram and 1,142 new subscribers on YouTube on the day. 


UFC Fight Night 156 Round-Up

  • There were 47,422 Tweets mentioning the hashtag #UFCUruguay on August 10, 2019, with main event winner Valentina Shevchenko mentioned in 2,459 Tweets and main event loser Liz Carmouche mentioned in 2,182 Tweets. 
  • UFC had a Fan Growth of 42,655 on August 10, 2019, highlighted by 29,793 new subscribers on YouTube and 14,317 new followers on Instagram. 
  • UFC Fight Night 156 was a relatively quiet event for UFC on social media. For instance, while there were 6,410,037 official YouTube video views on August 10 2019 for UFC, their top performing content there was a preview video of UFC 241: Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz fight which generated 385,063 interactions. UFC 241 will occur on Saturday, August 17, 2019. While the numbers were modest around UFC Uruguay, the fan growth for the UFC was still higher than last weekend following UFC on ESPN 5. The Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler-led event only produced just over 20,000 new fans across social media.

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The combat sports weekend didn't feature events boosted by huge names from any promotion, but there were still some memorable moments and images birthed from UFC Fight Night 156 in Uruguay and Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 7 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Oddly enough, the most viral moments on social media didn't even include the main event from either show.


Mike Perry's Broken Nose

I've been covering combat sports for more than 10 years and following for close to 40, and I've never seen a broken nose quite like the one UFC welterweight Mike Perry suffered in the co-main event against Vicente Luque on Saturday night in Uruguay. Apparently, neither has UFC interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier:

It happened when Luque caught Perry square in the face with a knee in the final minute of a really close and entertaining fight. Here is how it happened:

This GIF posted by the UFC generated 9,000 responses, per ListenFirst, a social media analytics firm:

Perry is one of the toughest guys you'll ever find. He somehow absorbed that mammoth shot, and then fought off a submission for the remainder of the round until he finished it throwing punches from top position.

He lost the fight via split decision, which adds salt to the wound, but he did earn a $50,000 bonus for his efforts in the event's Fight of the Night. Perhaps that's why he was "happy" enough to pose for this picture after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair the nose the following day.

He'll miss at least six months.

In total, Perry, Luque and the aftermath of the fight generated more than 20,000 responses or interactions on Twitter.


Brad Tate's Reaction To Marina Rodriguez's Pre-Fight Ritual With Her Trainer

As much attention as Perry's nose received on social media, the most viral moment of UFC Uruguay came from longtime cutman Brad Tate's reaction to Marina Rodriguez's pre-fight ritual with her trainer:

In addition to being liked more than 190,000 times, the video was viewed more than 9 million times as of Monday afternoon.

Tate seemed startled by the physicality. It reminded me of a famous Richard Pryor bit about his amateur boxing exploits (NSFW the 5:40 mark for reference). This moment was likely so polarizing because Tate is usually so stoic, but the prep caught him off guard.


BKFC 7 KO of the Year

Don't sleep on BKFC.

The David Feldman-led promotion is gaining more fans after every show, and part of the reason for the growth are the simply brutal moments that are sometimes generated in the ring.

Most recently, Kaleb Harris' knock out of Johnavan Vistante caught several combat sports fans' attention. It was easily the KO of the weekend in all of combat sports, and the KO of the Year thus far for BKFC.

The reverse-angle shot of the KO has been viewed more than 33,000 times:

Harris nor Vistante were close to the top of the card, but in BKFC, these kinds of moments can happen at any time during the show.

Here is the rest of the social media round-up from UFC Fight Night 156 and BKFC 7, per ListenFirst:


BKFC 7 Round-Up

  • With Jim Alers beating Leonard Garcia on a first-round technical knockout, that main event matchup didn't produce any similarly viral moments. Jim Alers was mentioned on 88 Tweets on August 10, 2019 with Leonard Garcia being brought up in 131 Tweets.
  • There were 695 Tweets around the Twitter account @bareknucklefc on August 10, 2019; with 1,494 Tweets around the hashtag #BKFC7
  • Bare Knuckle FC hit 2,137 in Fan Growth on August 10, 2019, highlighted by 656 new followers on Instagram and 1,142 new subscribers on YouTube on the day. 


UFC Fight Night 156 Round-Up

  • There were 47,422 Tweets mentioning the hashtag #UFCUruguay on August 10, 2019, with main event winner Valentina Shevchenko mentioned in 2,459 Tweets and main event loser Liz Carmouche mentioned in 2,182 Tweets. 
  • UFC had a Fan Growth of 42,655 on August 10, 2019, highlighted by 29,793 new subscribers on YouTube and 14,317 new followers on Instagram. 
  • UFC Fight Night 156 was a relatively quiet event for UFC on social media. For instance, while there were 6,410,037 official YouTube video views on August 10 2019 for UFC, their top performing content there was a preview video of UFC 241: Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz fight which generated 385,063 interactions. UFC 241 will occur on Saturday, August 17, 2019. While the numbers were modest around UFC Uruguay, the fan growth for the UFC was still higher than last weekend following UFC on ESPN 5. The Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler-led event only produced just over 20,000 new fans across social media.

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