This Friday night, former UFC Heavyweight Pat Barry returns to action for the first time since May of last year. Barry will be taking on Domoreo Dennis in a kickboxing fight. Barry's fight is one of the featured attractions on the inaugural card of Legacy Kickboxing, which is a pretty strong kickboxing card airing on AXS TV Friday night live at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Legacy Kickboxing is the new kickboxing offshoot of Legacy Fighting Championship. The Texas based promotion has been focused squarely on MMA until now, but now jumps into the kickboxing world with a card featuring some world class talent.
For Barry, this fight with Dennis marks his return to the ring since his huge KO loss at the hands of Zack Mwekassa at Glory last year. Barry left MMA in 2013, returning to his roots in kickboxing. He got his feet wet with an easy win in his comeback fight, then was smashed by the formidable Mwekassa and has been on the sidelines ever since. He now has this fight on Friday, plus another upcoming bout in Glory against Mourad Bouzidi in April. There's no doubt that Barry will draw eyes to this show - the question is now if he can impress with a big, much needed, win.
In addition to Barry, the show will also feature the delayed kickboxing debut of former WEC champion Miguel Torres. Torres takes on the 4-1 Angel Huerta. Torres was originally slated to appear at Glory 17, but pulled out of that fight, and finally takes to the kickboxing ring here. The UFC veteran comes in off a 46 second KO loss in an MMA fight in October. I'm not going to lie - I don't like his chances here.
Elsewhere on the card, in the main event, Muay Thai champion (and Bellator veteran) Cosmo Alexandre takes on Regian Eersel. Cosmo is a fantastic fighter - a former It's Showtime champion with some of the best knees in the business. He's a highly technical Muay Thai fighter who should put on a solid showing here. Also fighting is fellow Muay Thai stylist Marco Pique, a decorated veteran who takes on the game Michael Corley.
The show will feature Glory rules, with the addition of Pride-style yellow cards for stalling. Interestingly, they are also aiming for open scoring, though do not anticipate that will be in place for this first event.
Legacy Kickboxing 1 airs this Friday, January 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET live on AXS TV. Join Bloody Elbow for live fight night coverage.
LEGACY KICKBOXING 1 FIGHT CARD