Pat Barry announces his retirement from MMA

USA TODAY Sports

It was the grappling that did him in. Pat Barry is hanging up the gloves, possibly for a sport with less wrestling.

The UFC just lost one of it's longest tenured heavyweights. Pat Barry released a statement through his agent on Facebook to announce his retirement on Tuesday. Barry has had 12 fights in his six year UFC career, stretching back to a one round TKO of Dan Evanson in 2008.

After long discussions with our client Pat Barry over the recent weeks, he has come to the decision that he will be taking an indefinite leave from competing in MMA. The UFC and Zuffa have been very gracious in releasing him from his contract and Pat is very grateful for everything they have done for him and his career.

"Over the past few fights I've just had this sinking feeling in my stomach whenever I have stepped into the Octagon and I realize, I DONT WANT TO WRESTLE. Not saying I will never do MMA again, but right now I just want to hit people. MMA and the UFC have been great to me and I will always support the company and the sport. I want to thank all my fans, sponsors and haters for being with me on this journey and I look forward to what future holds." - HD!

"Pat and I have talked about this for a while now and with recent changes in the landscape of combat sports, he wants to explore some options and try to get back to his roots. He's going to take a little time to clear his head and then we will explore our options. We will keep you posted on things as they develop." - Brian Butler

From the sounds of it, Barry may go back to kickboxing, where  he had a fairly successful 18-6-1 record before leaving the sport. It's a little refreshing to hear him say that the biggest reason he's leaving the sport is that he's tired of wrestling and grappling. It's a bit of an archaic view, but it fits with everything he's represented in the cage. He'll be leaving MMA with a 8-7 record. It's probably the best time for him to step away as his recent performances have been less and less filled with the entertainment value for which he was once known. What do you think, could a move to kickboxing re-ignite his spark for combat sports?

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