Pat Barry (fighter)
Barry weighing in ahead of UFC 115
|Born||Patrick Joseph Barry
July 7, 1979
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Other names||HD (Hype or Die)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||107.5 kg (237 lb; 16.93 st)|
|Reach||74.5 in (189 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Arvada, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Russell Jones' Kickboxing Gym (2002)
Liu International (2002-2005)
Team Mr. Perfect (2006-2008)
Team DeathClutch (2011-2012)
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy (2012-2013)
Grudge Training Center (2013-Present)
|Trainer||Russell Jones (2002)
Shawn Liu (2002-2005)
Duke Roufus (2005-2011)
Ernesto Hoost (2006-2008)
Greg Nelson (2011-2013)
Trevor Wittman (2013-present)
|Years active||2002-2008, 2014- (Kickboxing)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Louisiana State University|
|Competitor for United States|
|World Wushu Championships|
|Silver||2003 Macau||90 kg|
Patrick Joseph "Pat" Barry (born July 7, 1979) is an American kickboxer and retired mixed martial artist who competed in the heavyweight division. Known for his devastating kicks, and his low kicks in particular, Barry began practicing Sanshou while a college student and won numerous titles at domestic and international level before joining K-1 in 2005 where he competed for two years, mostly as a participant on the promotion's North American events. In 2008, he embarked on a career in MMA, winning his first three fights by knockout before signing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 Kickboxing record
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Barry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a white American father and an African-American mother. Barry's parents opened bilingual elementary schools around the world and because of this Barry was raised in Bogota, Colombia until the age of six. When his father passed away from cancer, he moved back to New Orleans with his mother, older sister and younger brother. Barry's father was in the military, and Barry can often be seen in and outside of the cage wearing his father's dog tags. Although he did not start training in martial arts until the age of twenty-one, Barry grew up a fan of ninjas, the Street Fighter video games and Jean-Claude Van Damme films and often watched K-1 kickboxing in his youth. He worked as a pizza delivery man prior his career in professional fight sports.
Beginnings in kickboxing (2002-2005)
Hailing from Eastern New Orleans, Barry started training professionally in sanshou at the age of twenty-one while a junior sociology major at the University of New Orleans when he walked into Russell Jones's Kickboxing Gym in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He made his professional debut on November 2, 2002 at the U.S. Open International Martial Arts Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, winning the Sanda Kungfu Federation (SKF) United States Heavyweight Championship with a fourth round knockout over Robert Parham. He then left Jones' gym and pursued kickboxing full-time with Master Shawn Liu at LIU International in New Orleans.
In June 2003, Barry fought twice at the Art of War: China Comes to Atlanta event in Atlanta, Georgia where he won both a US national sanshou team spot and the SKF World Heavyweight title by knocking out Paul Gurevidius with a higk kick. In November 2003, as a US national team member, Barry participated at the 2003 World Wushu Championships in Macau, winning a silver medal in the −90 kg/198 lb division. He visited China numerous times from 2002 through 2008, amassing over fifty amateur bouts while competing in one of Shandong's stadiums and training with Chinese national sanshou team at the Shaolin Temple.
On December 18, 2004, Barry won the K. Superstar title in New Orleans by KOing John Dixson, and a month later in Gulfport, Mississippi, he won the Kings of Kickboxing tournament by stopping Marshall Berger with low kicks in the final.
Having taken part in K-1 tryouts held in Las Vegas in 2004, Barry was recruited by kickboxing's premier organization and made his promotional debut against Scott Lighty in a tournament reserve bout at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas on April 30, 2005, losing for the first time in his career by split decision. In June 2005, he met with American kickboxing great Duke Roufus while he was commentating on an event in Biloxi, Mississippi and the two became close when Barry stayed with Roufus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after losing his home in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a tragedy which also claimed the life of his grandmother. After switching to Roufus' gym in Milwaukee, Barry won his first K-1 fight in his sophomore appearance when he KO'd Mark Selbee inside the opening frame at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas II on August 13, 2005.
He fought to a split draw with Russian Kyokushin karate stylist Aleksandr Pitchkounov in a non-tournament bout at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Tokyo Final at the Tokyo Dome on November 19, 2005. They rematched in the tournament reserve match at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas on April 29, 2006, and Pitchkounov won by split decision.
Following this, Barry moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands to train under four-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Ernesto Hoost at "Team Mr. Perfect" based out of Vos Gym. Away from K-1, he defeated Scott Lighty in another rematch at Shin Do Kumate XI in Tampa, Florida on December 8, 2006. After hurting Lighty with low kicks throughout the first two rounds, Barry scored a high kick knockdown at the beginning of the third before finishing him off with another high kick shortly after.
He then returned to K-1 to compete in the eight-man tournament at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii on April 4, 2007. He was initially set to face Jan Nortje in the quarter-finals but his opponent was then changed to Gary Goodridge. Pat Barry twice sent Goodridge to the canvas with low kicks in the early going, the first ruled a slip, the second a legitimate down. He then landed a left high kick on the Trinidadian brawler and, although it did not knock him down, it opened a large cut which caused the ringside physician to call a halt to the bout and send Barry through to the semis where he had his rubber match with Aleksandr Pitchkounov. He was floored with a mawashi geri in round two and received a count from the referee in three after being injured when the Russian checked one of his low kicks, losing by unanimous decision.
Barry took part in his second K-1 tournament at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Las Vegas on August 11, 2007. Drawn against Rickard Nordstrand in the quarter-finals, Barry scored a knockdown with a high kick inside the first twenty seconds before stopping the Swede with his patented low kicks in round two. He then went up against Zabit Samedov in the semis and lost via split decision after a back-and-forth fight.
In his final K-1 appearance, Pat Barry lost to Freddy Kemayo via technical knockout due to a broken nose caused by a knee strike in the opening round of their contest at K-1 Fighting Network Prague 2007 on December 15, 2007.
World Combat League and transition to mixed martial arts (2008)
In 2008, Barry left Team Mr. Perfect and returned to Duke Roufus at Roufusport after a fallout with Ernesto Hoost, as he felt that the Dutch legend neglected him as a trainer. In an interview with Fight! magazine in 2009, Barry stated:
|“||"Ernesto Hoost just didn’t give a fuck about me. He didn't care, man. I was like hey, I'm leaving, man and he was like so?."||”|
Barry competed a total of seven times between May and August 2008. Fighting in the World Combat League, a team-based kickboxing competition in which matches are fought over one round, he represented the New York Clash in the 107 kg/235 lb weight class and amassed a record of 3-1 with his only loss coming to a young Jarrell Miller.
He made his debut in mixed martial arts on May 30, 2008 against thirty-eight fight veteran Mike Delaney at Combat USA: Battle in the Bay 7 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and won by TKO in round one after felling his opponent with low kicks. He then knocked out John George with a high kick in his next outing at Combat USA: Fight Night on June 28, 2008 in Harris, Michigan. In his third fight with the promotion, Barry won the Combat USA Heavyweight title when he stopped fellow kickboxer Simon Diouf with low kicks at Combat USA: Battle in the Bay 8 on August 22, 2008.
He was set to face Andre Walker at Strikeforce: Payback in Broomfield, Colorado on October 3, 2008 but instead signed a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was replaced by Carlos Zevallos in that bout.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2009-2013)
On December 27, 2008, Barry made his debut in the UFC against Dan Evensen at UFC 92 in Las Vegas, injuring the Norwegian's left knee with brutal low kicks at 2:36 of the first round thus winning via TKO. He then fought UFC newcomer Tim Hague at UFC 98 on May 23, 2009. After winning much of the exchanges on the feet, Barry was taken down by Hague and submitted early in the first round with a guillotine choke.
His next fight was against fellow kickboxer Antoni Hardonk on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104 in Los Angeles, California. Barry won by technical knockout due to punches in the second round. After weathering several powerful leg kicks and punches in the first round from Hardonk, Barry found his range in the second round with devastating fast jab combinations, stunning Hardonk several times before dropping him followed by a flurry of strikes to finish the fight at 2:30 of the round. The win earned him "Knockout of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" honors  which brough his total fight purse to $134,000. In an interview, he said he was broke, living on ketchup and rice, and was six days from being evicted from his home. In addition to battling heavy financial burden, this fight was also very personal for Barry as he was fighting a member of Ernesto Hoost's training camp. Barry claimed that Hoost gave up on him, resulting in a falling-out between the two. Barry also said that he waited five years for validation and finally got it when he knocked Hardonk out.
Barry was next scheduled to fight Gilbert Yvel, but his opponent was later changed. Instead, he fought PRIDE 2006 Grand Prix champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović in the co-main event at UFC 115 in Vancouver, Canada on June 12, 2010. Barry dropped and stunned Filipović twice in the first round, but ultimately lost the bout via submission due to a rear naked choke in round three. Patrick sustained a broken hand and foot in the fight and he was placed in a wheelchair in the immediate aftermath.
His next fight was against "The Mexicutioner" Joey Beltran at UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 on January 22, 2011, in Fort Hood, Texas. Barry used effective leg kicks in the bout to eventually wear down the mobility of Beltran and win a unanimous decision. At the end of the bout, he jokingly "fired" Matt Mitrione. This was likely a joke based on Mitrione firing his agent publicly after a previous fight.
Barry fought fellow striker Cheick Kongo on June 26, 2011 in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 26, 2011 and lost the fight via knockout in the first round in stunning fashion when early in the first round Barry dropped and stunned Kongo, after weathering the flurry of strikes by Barry, Kongo (who was still in wobbly legs) caught Barry with an overhand right on the ear followed by an uppercut to the chin knocking Pat out cold. This was the first KO loss of Barry's career in both kickboxing and MMA.
Barry faced the tallest fighter in the UFC Stefan Struve on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6 in Washington, D.C. Barry was winning much of the striking exchanges midway into the second round but in a turn of events, Barry took Struve down to the mat and Struve locked in a triangle choke. Barry then viciously slammed Struve but left his arm exposed and Struve was able to secure an armbar. Barry lost by triangle armbar submission at 3:22 of the second round. 2011 also saw Barry leave Roufusport for Team DeathClutch in Alexandria, Minnesota so that he could work on his wrestling ability and spar with fellow heavyweights such as Cole Konrad, Brock Lesnar and Jon Madsen.
In a "do or die" fight, Barry faced highly touted brawler Christian Morecraft on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite being caught early in an armbar, Barry escaped the submission attempt and won the fight via KO at 3:38 of the first round. His win over Morecraft earned him Fight of The Night honors for the second time in his career.
On May 5, 2012, Barry faced the heavy-handed Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey and lost via TKO in the first round. Despite the loss, Barry was able to get a takedown during the fight, and even attempted a keylock submission. However, Johnson worked his way to his feet, trapped Barry against the cage, and began to tee off with punches until Barry dropped to the floor and the referee intervened to stop the fight.
Barry faced former Muay Thai champion Shane del Rosario at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale on December 15, 2012. After a close first round where Barry was able to escape from some submission attempts, he connected with a huge left hand followed with a flurry of punches, finished by a devastating right hook, and won by KO at 0:26 of round two, earning Knockout of The Night honors for the second time.
He faced Shawn Jordan on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Jordan defeated Barry via first round TKO. However, later on reports came that the stoppage might have been caused by an eye poke from Jordan. The report showed that the uppercut Jordan landed (which seemed to daze Barry) wasn't an uppercut but an open hand blow. The report also showed that Jordan's fingers found their way into Barry's eyes. Following the uppercut, Barry was trying to protect the eye from the next of Jordan's punches. Barry did not mention that he had been poked in the eye, but pictures from the day after the fight show that his eye had taken serious damage. 
Barry was asked by Michael Stets about the possibility of fighting in Glory prior to his last fight in UFC, as a guest on MMAmania's 'Darce Side Radio.' On January 28, 2014, Barry announced his retirement from MMA via Twitter and his manager subsequently stated he would likely return to kickboxing. He appeared on Ariel Helwani's show the following month and anounced that he had signed for world's top promotion, Glory.
In his first outing since returning to kickboxing, a warm-up fight ahead of his Glory debut, Barry defeated domestic heavyweight Ed Burris at Combat Sports Challenge 39 in Richmond, Virginia on March 22, 2014, scoring a knockdown with a bodyshot in round one before stopping Burris with a flurry of punches in two.
He is expected to face Zack Mwekassa in the Glory 16: Denver - Heavyweight Contendership Tournament reserve match in Broomfield on May 3, 2014.
Championships and accomplishments
- Kings of Kickboxing
- 2005 Kings of Kickboxing Tournament Championship
- U.S. Open International Martial Arts Championships
- 2003 U.S. Open Sanshou Championship
- 2004 U.S. Open Sanshou Championship
- Sanda Kungfu Federation
- SKF United States Heavyweight Championship
- SKF World Heavyweight Championship
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Combat USA
- Combat USA Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||8 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||8–7||Soa Palelei||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||December 7, 2013||1||2:09||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Loss||8–6||Shawn Jordan||TKO (punches)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||1||0:59||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||8–5||Shane del Rosario||KO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale||December 15, 2012||2||0:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||7–5||Lavar Johnson||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller||May 5, 2012||1||4:38||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–4||Christian Morecraft||KO (punches)||UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller||January 20, 2012||1||3:38||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||6–4||Stefan Struve||Submission (triangle armbar)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||2||3:22||Washington D.C., United States|
|Loss||6–3||Cheick Kongo||KO (punches)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||1||2:39||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||6–2||Joey Beltran||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight For The Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Mirko Filipović||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||4:30||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||5–1||Antoni Hardonk||TKO (punches)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||2||2:30||Los Angeles, California, United States||Fight of the Night. Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||4–1||Tim Hague||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 98||May 23, 2009||1||1:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dan Evensen||TKO (leg kicks)||UFC 92||December 27, 2008||1||2:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Simon Diouf||TKO (leg kicks)||Combat USA: Battle in the Bay 8||August 22, 2008||1||1:50||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States||Won Combat USA Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||2–0||John George||KO (head kick)||Combat USA: Fight Night||June 28, 2008||1||0:49||Harris, Michigan, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mike Delaney||TKO (leg kicks)||Combat USA: Battle in the Bay 7||May 30, 2008||1||3:25||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Professional kickboxing record|
16 wins (10 KOs), 5 losses, 1 draw
|Amateur kickboxing record|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "Pat Barry". ufc.com. Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- Most Vicious Leg Kicks in MMA
- 4 UFC Fighters with Punishing Leg Kicks
- Pat Barry looks to make ‘mega-ridiculous statement’ in UFC debut
- Official UFC profile
- Liddell's Protege Ready For K-1 Tourney
- K-1 Battle @ The Bellagio IV Pictures
- Trainer Duke Roufus wants all focus on UFC 115's Pat Barry
- Di Pietro, Monty. "K-1 Press Conference". Shembros.com. Retrieved 2007-08-10.[dead link]
- K-1 "Mayhem At The Mirage" Pictures
- MIGHTY MO BASHES BOTHA
- K-1 VEGAS REVIEW AND RESULTS
- Di Pietro, Monty. "Hawaiian Punch Courtesy Mighty Mo; Hari Wins the Belt". On the Mat. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- K-1 RELEASES FIGHT CARD FOR GP IN HAWAII
- K-1 HAWAIIAN GP FIGHT CARD & PHOTOS
- K-1 GRAND PRIX IN HAWAII TONIGHT
- MIGHTY MO WINS K-1′S HAWAIIAN GRAND PRIX
- SEFO BATTLES BREGY IN LAS VEGAS SUPERFIGHT
- K-1 VEGAS GRAND PRIX PRESS CONFERENCE
- K-1 FIGHTERS WEIGHED IN FOR TONIGHT’S FIGHTS
- UNDERDOG WINS BELLAGIO K-1 TOURNEY
- Patrick Barry Prepares for Tag-Team Match At UFC 104
- STRIKEFORCE ANNOUNCES OCT. 3 HEAVYWEIGHTS
- ADDITIONAL BOUTS ADDED TO STRIKEFORCE DENVER
- "Strikeforce: Payback" finalized with addition of debuting Carlos Zevallos
- "UFC rookie Pat Barry expects no first time jitters at UFC 92". mmajunkie.com. 2008-12-26.
- "Heavyweights Pat Barry and Tim Hague to meet at UFC 98". mmajunkie.com. 2009-02-14.
- "Pat Barry vs Antoni Hardonk meet in heavyweight contest at UFC 104". mmajunkie.com. 2009-07-09.
- "Barry banks $120K in UFC 104 bonuses". sherdog.com. 2009-10-25.
- UFC 104 Payouts: Win Money and Bonuses Keep Pat Barry Off Skid Row
- "UFC fighter was eating ketchup and rice before UFC 104". Sports.yahoo.com. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "UFC 104 post-fight interview with Pat Barry". Fiveknuckles.com. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
- "Pat Barry vs Gilbert Yvel targeted for UFC 115 main card". mmajunkie.com. 2010-01-28.
- "Gilbert Yvel to meet Ben Rothwell, not Pat Barry, at UFC 115 in Vancouver". Mmajunkie.com. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Heavyweights Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic and Pat Barry agree to UFC 115 meeting". mmajunkie.com. 2010-02-26.
- "Pat Barry sits in a wheelchair after breaking a hand and foot in his UFC 115 submission loss to Mirko Cro Cop". Mmamania.com. 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran On Tap For Jan. 22 UFC Fight For The Troops Show". Mmaweekly.com. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- "Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo on tap for UFC on Versus 4 in June". mmajunkie.com. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- "UFC on Versus 4 Results: Cheick Kongo Comes From Behind, KO’s Pat Barry". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-06-26.
- "UFC on Versus 6 Fight Card: Pat Barry and Stefan Struve Go Big". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-07-26.
- "FX airs first UFC event in January with Barry vs. Morecraft". MMAJunkie.com. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- "UFC on FX 1 bonuses Denis, Miller, Barry, Morecraft earn 45k awards". mmajunkie.com. 2012-01-20.
- "Pat Barry vs Lavar Johnson fight booked for May 5". mmamania.com. February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
- "With Team Deathclutch no more Pat Barry moves to a new team". themmareport.com. 2012-10-09.
- "Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario targeted for December's TUF 16 Finale in Las Vegas". MMAjunkie.com. October 23, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
- "TUF 16 Finale bonuses Barry, Waldburger, Elliott, Papazian get $40K each". mmajunkie.com. 2012-12-15.
- "Pat Barry-Shawn Jordan joins UFC 161". mmajunkie.com. March 6, 2013.
- "UFC 161: Pat Barry's manager blames eye poke for TKO loss to Shawn Jordan". bloodyelbow.com. 2013-06-18.
- Dave Reid (2013-09-14). "Pat Barry & Soa Palelei Set To Square Off At UFC Fight Night 33". mmainsider.net. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
- Steven Marrocco and Dann Stupp (January 28, 2014). "Pat Barry announces leave from MMA, release from UFC contract". mmajunkie.com.
- "Glory-bound Pat Barry admits 'something was missing' in MMA". mmafighting.com. 2014-02-04.
- "Pat Barry returning to Kickboxing". bleacherreport.com. 2014-02-03.
- Nokaut! Pat Barry uništio protivnika u povratničkom kickboxing meču!
- Video: Pat Barry's Kickboxing KO at WKA
- Video: Pat Barry brutal knockout over Ed Burris at WKA kickboxing event in Richmond, Virginia
- GLORY Announces GLORY 16 Card - Pat Barry's Debut
- Glory 16 Denver Fight Card
- "Pat Barry UFC Profile". UFC.com. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "15 Questions for Patrick Barry". Sherdog.com. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Pogledajte neviđenu zafrkanciju Mirka i Barryja, uzvrat u utorak na Gol.hr-u (Croatian)". dnevnik.hr. 2012-02-18.
- "Mirko u velikom revanšu još jednom bolji od Pata Barryja! (Croatian)". dnevnik.hr. 2012-02-21.
- "UFC 104 fighter bonuses: Struve, Barry and Hardonk earn $60k awards; Johnson snubbed". mmajunkie.com. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "UFC on FX 1 bonuses: Miller, Denis, Barry and Morecraft pocket $45,000". sherdog.com. 2012-01-20.
- "UFC 104: Pat Barry scores big". sports.yahoo.com. 2009-10-26.
- "TUF 16 Finale bonuses: Pat Barry, TJ Waldburger, Tim Elliott and Jared Papazian net $40K each". sherdog.com. 2012-12-15.
- "Combat USA - Battle in the Bay 8 results". sherdog.com. 2008-08-22.
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