UFC Vet Pat Barry Announces Leave From MMA: “Right Now I Just Want to Hit People”
By FCF Staff
Following consecutive stoppage losses to Shawn Jordan and Soa Palelei, feared striker Pat Barry has announced he’s taking a leave of absence from MMA competition. In addition, the heavyweight’s management, Sucker Punch Entertainment, has confirmed the UFC has released Barry from his contract.
The 34 year-old fighter and his representative Brian Butler, posted the following comments today via Facebook:
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
Barry (8-7) made his UFC debut in 2008, and since then the experienced kickboxer has gone 5-7. Four of Barry’s five Octagon wins came via TKO or knockout.
No information regarding Barry’s next step was disclosed, however, it certainly sounds like the fighter intends to return to kickboxing.