Professional tennis player Danielle Nickerson reported that her ex-husband and UFC fighter Mike Perry threatened her with physical violence in a restraining order she attempted to secure against him, according to MMA Junkie.
MMA Junkie obtained court records that show that Nickerson filed for an injunction for protection against domestic violence in Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit Court prior to her divorce from Perry. However, Judge Alice L. Blackwell denied the petition at the beginning of March, stating, “Under Florida law, general relationship problems and uncivil behavior are not domestic violence… Verbal threats, without more, are not domestic violence.”
According to the outlet, Nickerson’s statements include the following:
- On February 8, 2020, unknown location: “Michael Perry, my husband, verbally threatened if I were to stay at the house he would ‘beat my ***.’”
- On February 8, 2020, unknown location: “Michael Perry, my husband, followed me to the house highly intoxicated screaming at his mother to have me come outside. When we both refused he said, ‘Well then I’ll go home and burn the house down with the dogs in it.’ Police pulled him over in the neighborhood after he peeled out in the house’s grass yard.”
- On March 3, 2020, Rachel’s Strip Club in Orlando: “Michael Perry, my husband, was under the influence of heavy alcohol and unknown drugs, was caught cheating, stated he paid to have ‘Brooke suck his (expletive)’ in the private room. Told me to ‘file the papers, (expletive). I want a divorce.'”
The report follows an Instagram post by Nickerson saying that she was “ready to talk,” alluding to her relationship with Perry.
Earlier this month, video surfaced of Perry punching an older man in the face at a restaurant in a heated altercation. The UFC responded with a statement and said that Perry was entering “professional treatment” that included substance and behavioral counseling.