UFC heavyweight Pat Barry is one of the most entertaining fighters in and out of the Octagon. Unfortunately for Barry he has had mixed results in his UFC career, and is coming off a KO loss to hard-hitting Lavar Johnson at UFC on FOX 3. He hasn't fought since then but recently he was cleared to train again and is ready to go back into the ring before the end of 2012. (Via MMA Fight Corner)
Today, he said he was medically cleared about 6 days ago from the broken thumb he suffered in the Johnson fight, but then realized his shoulder was hurting following a practice. Pat waited a couple days to see if the pain would subside, but ending up having an MRI done that revealed he either has a torn labrum, or a detached labrum. He was supposed to receive the official results of that test today. Barry added he might have to get surgery, but plans to be back by the end of the year no matter what.
"I told Joe Silva already. I already sent him a message saying ‘I’m cleared by the doctor. I can start training again.’ He was like ‘Alright, great when will you be ready?’ I was like ‘this morning’. By the end of this year, I’m going to punch somebody in the face, whether it’s in the UFC or in Walgreens."
Barry (7-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) is really in desperate need of sustained success. He's never won consecutive fights in the UFC and has lost 3 of 4, including his amazing fight with Cheick Kongo in June 2011. I'd like to see him return against either Shane Del Rosario or Dave Herman, as either option would almost certainly produce fireworks.
You will see Barry's work as assistant coach on Team Carwin this Friday, when season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter debuts. In the interview linked above he also talks about -- although not in detail -- how Carwin and Nelson interacted with each other during the show's taping.