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Pat Barry battling Shane del Rosario at Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale

It looks like Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson won’t be the only two heavyweights facing off at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, as a fight between finishers Pat Barry and Shane del Rosario has been linked to the December 15 lineup. Barry has scored strike-based stoppages against six of the seven opponents he’s beaten in the ring, while Del Rosario is a perfect eleven-for-eleven in that department.

News of the match-up was first reported by MMAJunkie.

Barry, one of the coaches on TUF 16 helping Team Carwin, is in serious need of a win after dropping three of his last four fights including a TKO loss to Lavar Johnson in May. He holds an overall record of 7-5 with notable victories over Christian Morecraft and Joey Beltran.

The upcoming bout will mark Del Rosario’s second rumble in the Octagon after suffering a stumble in his UFC debut. Prior to joining the organization he’d won all eleven of his fights including an opening round submission of Johnson while under the Strikeforce banner.


  • MCM says:

    del Rosario all day long.

    I like Pat Barry as a personality, but the guy has no business being in the cage of the premier MMA org in the world.

  • G-DUB says:

    Shane probably wins this one, but this is excellent match-making. Even if Barry is not exactly UFC-caliber, he has the name value that Shane needs for his first signature UFC win. This should propel Del Rosario back into the conversation.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    good to see Shane back, hopefully in better shape, should get the win here fairly easily

  • Rece Rock says:

    Pulling for Pat here… I know he will be the under dog BUT in my opinion Shane Del Rosario has a pretty inflated record and aside from maybe his last 2 opponents who has he really fought? Not that HD is a contender or something but he is a mma fighter whom pretty much did on the job training most of his fights have been in the octagon and that’s has something to be said about the guy and the caliber of opponents win or lose he has faced…Just hope HD comes into this fight knowing he needs to be a Cold calculated killer and not a friendly sparring partner.

    I do believe he belongs in the UFC (as far as the HW division is concerned) but perhaps he needs to commit to a camp that can really polish him up…


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