The charismatic Brazilian faces South Africa’s Du Plessis in a middleweight bout at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi early on Sunday morning in the fourth fight on the main card.
In the minutes between Friday’s weigh-ins and face-offs, Perez changed his appearance, painting his face and colouring his hair to look like the Batman villain The Joker, which has become something of a trademark for the man with 12 UFC wins to his name. However, Perez insists his act is not about trying to intimidate his adversaries, rather a way for him to focus on his own game plan.
“I don’t put all this effort in and put on the face paint to intimidate my opponents. I do it because I identify with The Joker,” he said. “The Joker isn’t about intimidation. If you read the DC Comics, he doesn’t stand out because of money or any superpowers, he stands out because of his intelligence.”