After losing two straight scraps, five of his last seven overall, many wondered if the UFC would cut ties with popular heavyweight Pat Barry (pictured). Well, the 34-year-old made things easy on the UFC Tuesday by announcing he’s taking an indefinite leave from MMA.
“ALERT: I SAID WEEKS BACK A CHANGE WAS COMING AFTER GOING FOR A LONG WALK WITH ROSE WE’VE MADE A DECISION STAY TUNED,” Barry tweeted this afternoon. “THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!”
His manager, Brian Butler, subsequently followed up the cryptic message by issuing a statement:
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
Connecting the dots, it seems fairly clear that Barry might be done with MMA in the interim, but he has left the door open for a possible return to kickboxing.
Barry was last seen getting knocked out by Soa Palelei in December. He was TKO’d by Shawn Jordan prior to that.
“HD’s” most recent win came in December 2012 against Shane del Rosario, who passed away last from a heart attack.
Barry leaves MMA with a 8-7 professional record. All but one of his wins came via some form of knockout. The slugger first emerged onto the UFC scene in December 2008.