Report: Dana White Says Brock Lesnar Called Him to Convince Pat Barry to Retire
By FCF Staff
Following Pat Barry’s devastating, knockout loss to Zack Mwekassa at GLORY 16, UFC President Dana White is reporting that Brock Lesnar has called on him in an effort to convince the heavyweight to retire.
Earlier in the year, Barry announced he was taking a hiatus from MMA competition so that he could focus on kickboxing. The noted striker scored a KO win in a kickboxing bout in March, before he was stopped by Mwekassa on May 3rd.
According to a report from MMA Weekly.com, White relayed Lesnar’s concerns about Barry after UFC Fight Night 40 on Saturday.
“He said, ‘I don’t consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend,” White reported while speaking to the media. “Dana, you got to get this guy to retire.”
White reportedly argued that convincing Barry to retire would be difficult, since the heavyweight hasn’t made the kind of money that UFC stars like Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin earned during their careers. The UFC President also added that an athletic commission, or “people that care” about Barry, would need to be the ones that ultimately convince the 34 year-old to retire.
Barry decided to exit the UFC not long after he was KO’d by Soa Palelei in December, which was his third stoppage loss in five MMA fights. It doesn’t appear as though Barry is considering retirement, however, as the charismatic fighter recently tweeted:
BET $100 TO FIRST PERSON WHO CAN GIVE THE RIGHT ANSWERS 1) HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I BEEN OUT COLD KO'D 2) HOW MANY CONCUSSIONS HAVE I HAD GO
— Pat Barry (@HypeOrDie) May 7, 2014
Barry currently carries a kickboxing record of 16-6; two of those losses were reportedly by KO.