It’s been four months since Pat Barry stepped into the Octagon against Lavar Johnson, living up to his promise of matching his fellow heavy-handed heavyweight punch for punch until one of the two fell down. Unfortunately for Barry, his chin gave way as time wound down in the first round and Johnson came away with a TKO victory.

However, Barry’s absence from the cage hasn’t been the result of being rendered unconscious but rather because of a broken thumb. “HD” was given a clean bill of health by his doctor a week ago and, understandably, is anxious to see action sooner than later.

“I told (matchmaker) Joe Silva already. I already sent him a message saying ‘I’m cleared by the doctor. I can start training again.’ He was like ‘Alright, great…when will you be ready?’ I was like, ‘this morning,’” explained the affable Barry in an interview with MMAFightCorner. “By the end of this year, I’m going to punch somebody in the face, whether it’s in the UFC or in Walgreens.”

While he may not have been able to compete since May, the 7-5 striker has been keeping himself busy including a recent stint as one of Shane Carwin’s coaches on TUF 16, saying he jumped on the opportunity out of respect for Carwin and the process itself.