Sources: Means replaces Lawler in Perry bout

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Mike Perry will remain on the UFC 255 card after all.

Perry vs. Tim Means has been booked for the Nov. 21 event, per sources. Means replaces Robbie Lawler, who withdrew from the fight last week.

Means (30-12-1, 1 NC) is coming off a win over Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision in August. The veteran is 3-2 in his last five fights.

Perry (14-6) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mickey Gall in June. Perry made headlines that night not only for his win but due to the fact that his lone corner person was his girlfriend, who had no prior martial arts experience.

Two weeks after the win over Gall, Perry was caught on camera getting into a physical altercation at a restaurant in Texas and yelling racial slurs. Perry was not arrested or charged with a crime, but the UFC looked into the incident. The UFC later said he apologized for the incident and “committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling,” according to a statement issued by the promotion.

In early July, the UFC said it would not be offering Perry his next bout until further notice and that Perry and his team “agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program,” the statement read.

According to sources, Perry completed a 30-day “intensive” anger management program.

The event, which will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, will be headlined by male and female flyweight title fights: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez and Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia.

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