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As we roll on past UFC 142, it is once again fight week. UFC 142 provided us with a ho-hum card on paper that delivered with exciting knockouts and submissions that gave us a little bang for our buck (or bang for free, for you freeloading types). We now move into UFC on FX: Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller this Friday night. With that main event, you can expect some fireworks. But before we chronicle our main event fighters, let us take a look at some of your main card warriors.
This article might be one of the hardest to write for the entire event. It is hard not to be a Pat Barry fan. Please watch this video and try not to crack a smile. If you don't, you might just be a really wretched human being. Mirko Filipovic (Mirko Cro Cop, for those not in "the know") on lead vocals and Pat doing those sweet harmonious backups? Beautiful. Barry is a funny, modest individual. Watching the buildup for his UFC 115 bout against Cro Cop, you learned that Berry has always had a love of martial arts and is an extremely athletic and amiable fellow. Even if his shtick can be corny and a little sophomoric, it is hard to hate Pat Barry outside of the cage.
Inside is a whole different story. After making Dan Evensen "air tap" to leg kicks at UFC 92, Barry was forced to surrender to a guillotine by Tim Hague at UFC 98. This glaring weakness on the ground has plagued Barry for the entirety of his UFC run. He bounced back after his loss to Hague in an inspirational rivalry match against former Ernesto Hoost teammate, Antoni Hardonk. Prior to this bout at UFC 104, Barry was living off of ketchup and rice. When the bell rang and Barry ran out to tap gloves with his former sparring partner, Hardonk growled and rejected any olive branch. This would prove to be unnecessary, as Barry would hang in with Hardonk until blasting him in the second round to earn a second round TKO. Barry would then lose to his idol, the aforementioned Cro Cop, by rear naked choke in the third at UFC 115. Despite dropping Cro Cop twice in the first, Barry broke his hand and foot in the bout.
After an uninspired decision victory aided by brutal leg kicks over Joey Beltran, Barry would go on to put in a devastatingly impressive performance over Cheick Kongo. Barry battered him over and over in the first round, scoring numerous knockdowns over the French mastadon. The problem? Kongo wasn't done yet. Kongo cracked Barry with two massive rights to have him go to sleep. Coupled with a submission loss to Stefan Struve in October of last year and Barry has gone a dismal 3-4 in his UFC.
With all of that mentioned, you'd wonder why people still believe the hype of "Hype or Die." Simply put, Barry has some legitimately scary standup. His standup also remains such a major point of frustration for those who follow him, as his inability to pull the trigger and show some killer instinct has cost him. And although Barry may not have the mythic "K-1 level striking" that is rarely seen in MMA, his bread and butter has always been to fight on his feet.
Barry began his professional martial arts training at the age of 21. Sanshou was his art of choice and he proved to be a natural, picking up a national title in his pro debut in November of 2002. He eventually won a spot on the U.S. National Sanshou Team and captured a world title. A year after his pro debut, Barry captured a silver medal at the 2003 World Wushu Championships in Macau, China. As seen in this highlight, Barry excels at using his dreaded leg power in his acrobatics and kicks.
Barry would go on to compete in K-1 after his Sanshou career. He would amass a record of 3-5-1 in the organization. He faced former Strikeforce veteran Scott Lighty in his debut, dropping a split decision. After defeating his next opponent by KO, Barry would take a draw and a loss in a pair of bouts against Aleksandr Pitchkounov, going the distance in both.
In 2006, Barry moved to Amsterdam to learn from the legendary Ernesto Hoost. Avenging a loss against Lighty in another organization, Barry would take on his most notable adversary (name-wise, anyway) in Gary Goodridge at the quarterfinals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii with Hoost in his corner.
Barry displays some ferocious leg kick power in this bout. After Goodridge gets a gifted no-knockdown after one of Barry's leg kicks, Barry threatens with the lead then cracks Goodridge with his rear-right leg kick. Barry gives this two more tries and finds success both times, causing "Big Daddy" to crumble to the mat. After pandering to the ref (LEG KICKS DON'T WIN FIGHTS! DUH!), Goodridge comes out angered. Barry didn't seem to mind as he launches an overhand right and a left. He then switches to southpaw stance and hits Goodridge with a left high kick that sends him reeling into the ropes. Barry goes back to orthodox and follows up with a bevy of punches, a solid leg kick, and more brutal right uppercuts and punches in bunches. Perhaps foreshadowing his MMA career, Barry takes his foot off the gas and backs away. The ref calls time to check out a sizable gash over Goodridge's right eyebrow and it is all over.
After this impressive bout, Barry was sent packing by familiar foe Aleksandr Pitchkounov in the semifinals. Going 1-2 in his next three K-1 bouts, Barry went over to Chuck Norris' ill-fated World Combat League. He would go 3-1 in the team-based promotion that disallowed some Barry's favored Muay Thai and Sanshou tactics in clinching, holding, and grappling. Here is Barry's final match in the WCL finals as his New York Clash take on the L.A. Stars for the championship.
You can't really say much here other than "leg kick." Barry's leg kicks are absolutely BRUTAL in this bout. He also showed some hands, although they were not really necessary.
To send you off, here is a clip from the UFC 115 countdown with Barry explaining the results of his first three MMA bouts. All bouts ended in the first as a result of a KO or TKO, so I think it is best to let Barry do the talking here. Will Christian Morecraft be able to fend off Barry's strikes with his solid grappling record? Not if Pat Barry and his monstrous legs have anything to say about it.