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Pat Barry: “I’m still a fan, and this is the kind of fight that I want to see.”

If UFC heavyweight Pat Barry wasn’t working Saturday night he’d definitely be tuning in to watch UFC on FOX 3. Of course, the affable Barry will be busy serving as one of the four featured fights on the FOX broadcast in a bout against fellow knockout artist Lavar Johnson.

Not only is the card full of intriguing match-ups but Barry-Johnson seems destined for a devastating finish. Barry has finished six of the seven opponents he’s beaten with strikes while Johnson has fourteen TKOs in sixteen total victories. Given their propensity for putting opponents away violently Barry knows it’s no mistake he and Johnson have gotten the rub of a network television slot and plans to deliver on their investment of faith in him to do so.

“The UFC is really strategic about what fights they place where and at what time. And I think it’s a really great chess move to throw me on the cards that they do and position me where I’m at. It’s really great timing and the fight with Lavar and I is an ideal match,” said Barry in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I’m still a fan, and this is the kind of fight that I want to see – two guys that come in there that are finishers and don’t go the distance; two guys that stand and bang and are always looking for knockouts. We’re not distance fighters.”

However, while Barry may prefer to brawl he’s also eyeing the possibility of picking up a submission win. As fans may remember, Barry showed up to his last fight – a pasting of Christian Morecraft – with a new hairdo and the promise of letting it go until he tapped his first opponent out inside the Octagon.

“I’m always going to be expected to stand there and strike, but if the right opportunity is there, this isn’t kickboxing anymore, it’s MMA. So will I do it? Yeah, absolutely,” admitted Barry of a attempting a submission or two. “If I don’t have to I won’t, and of course I would like to stand there and trade blows until one of us gives up. But if the timing is right and I see the right window for it, will I go for it? Absolutely.”

“The hair is still not cut,” he playfully added. “The sides are getting cut, but the top is still growing. I’m getting closer and closer to Kid n’ Play.”

Fans can catch Barry-Johnson battle it out until one falls when the main card broadcast starts this Saturday night on FOX at 8:00 PM EST. Prelims will be shown on Fuel TV firing up three hours earlier.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Barry is awesome, I love his attitude. Hopefully he picks up the win here.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a very interesting fight, two very heavy hitter going at it. No way it gets out of the first round. I would be putting my money on Johnson here as he took care of the Mexicutioner like nobody else could have.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Barry has awesome leg kicks, and if he uses them effectively and early I think he wins.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Pat Barry is one of those guys I want to see pick up more wins just to make sure he’s always around. Good interviews, genuinely amusing guy. Like the man said, this is going to be a sweet fight with a very high chance someone is getting left in a crumpled heap at the end.

    I think Lavar has a good chance of winning this, but I have to root for Barry.

  • Big Stank says:

    War HD!!

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Its going to be fun to watch. Barry takes this one

  • adamsfamily says:

    He did that victory jumping split – latch his lead leg over the octagon – move last time too. That was cool.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Barry will weaken the legs with viscious kicks and Johnson won’t be able to plant him self to throw his bombs… Barry will continue to destroy his legs and then TKO that big bastard in an inside exchange with Lamar.


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