Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson face off during the UFC on FOX 3 weigh-ins at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 4, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
(7-4, 4-4 UFC) meets (16-5, 1-0 UFC).
Neither fighter is currently ranked at heavyweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, but Barry still gets votes and is currently at # 27. An emphatic win for either guy might seen them crack the top 25, at least temporarily. This heavyweight bout is the first bout of the main card and will air on Fox. The Fox broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Barry: 32 years old | 5'11" | 74.5" reach
Johnson: 34 years old | 6'4" | 81" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Pat "HD" Barry is a stalwart of the UFC heavyweight division. He might be the shortest heavyweight you'll come across in the promotion, but he has excellent hands and brutal kicks. The former K-1 and WCL fighter has had an up-and-down UFC career thus far, going 4-4 in the octagon. His bout with Mirko Cro Cop was very memorable, as was his loss to Cheick Kongo where he almost had him finished only for Kongo to rise from the ashes and knock him out. He won his last bout against Christian Morecraft by first-round TKO at UFC on FX 1.
Lavar "Big" Johnson is a WEC and Strikeforce veteran who was shot in the abdomen on July 4th, 2009. He recovered and made his MMA return just nine months later, stopping Lolohea Mahe with strikes in the second round. Another KO win over Virgil Zwicker earned him a bout with top prospect Shane del Rosario, but Johnson was submitted in the first round. He was submitted his next bout as well, this time by Shawn Jordan, but made the move to the UFC when Strikeforce's heavyweight division was shelved. His UFC debut was against the ultra-tough Joey Beltran, but Johnson made it look easy with a brutal knockout win late in the first round. He'll look to pick up his second KO in a row against the smaller Barry.
Why should you care?
Are you kidding me? Two heavyweights with mad power are going to throw down to open the show. It shall be awesome, and you shall like it.
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