UFC heavyweight competitor Pat Barry (8-7) is set to take an indefinite leave from MMA and has been granted his release from the UFC. Barry’s manager, Brian Butler, revealed the news with a statement posted on Facebook.
You can check out the statement in full below.
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
It would seem that Barry is keeping his options open for now and perhaps hinting at a return to kickboxing, where he holds a 18-6-1 professional record. One option for the thirty-four year old would be to compete for GLORY, which has been drawing impressive reviews in recent months after putting on some fantastic events and showcasing some of the best kickboxers in the world.
Despite not holding the most impressive of records in MMA, Barry has long been a fan favourite in the sport, largely due to his no nonsense style. Just one of the talented strikers fifteen professional bouts have gone to a decision, with ten ending inside the first round, and win or lose, fans will always feel they got their money’s worth when it comes to a bout involving Pat Barry.