"I hope he gets help."
That's UFC fighter Dan Ige telling TMZ Sports why he's rooting for Mike Perry to get his life together after that horrible violent incident this week at a Texas restaurant.
As we previously reported, Perry -- a popular UFC fighter -- allegedly struck several people (including a woman and an older man) while leaving Table 82 in Lubbock.
Fact is, Perry is lucky he didn't kill anyone during the incident.
Perry isn't commenting on the incident -- but several people in the UFC world are concerned the fighter is heading down a dangerous path.
Count Ige as one of those people -- telling TMZ Sports, he REALLY hopes Perry can turn his life around before it's too late.
"Mike Perry is definitely battling some demons in my opinion," Ige says ... "I just feel like he needs some guidance. "
"I'm not trying to tell him how to live his life. But, it's sad. You don't want to see guys spiral downhill. And, I hope he gets help. I hope he gets himself on the right path."
There's more ... Ige is facing Calvin Kattar in the main event at "UFC Fight Night" on July 15 -- in a fight that could lead to a title shot down the line.
"Huge opportunity," Ige says ... "I'm going out there to prove I'm champion worthy."
Ige is on a 6-fight win streak -- and says he's FIRED UP about getting to throw down on Fight Island.
Don't miss this one -- dude's LEGIT.