Pat Barry is fresh off the biggest loss of his career, yet his stock has never been higher. UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, the man who recently submitted “HD” at UFC 115, have reached out to the dynamic kickboxer to help them prepare for their impending bouts.
“I’m talking to Cro Cop. Brock Lesnar wants me to come and be his sparring partner,” Barry told WisconsinCombatSports. “You can’t write this, man. This isn’t even a dream. This is just all around fabulous. I’m just going to keep riding with it and keep screaming ‘thank you’ out the window to somebody.”
Barry owns an explosive 5-2 professional MMA record, as all of his fights have ended before the final horns blared (five TKO wins and two submission losses). His stand-up game and frame are quite similar to some of the heavyweight elites, like former interim champ Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez – Lesnar’s past and future foes, respectively.
Whatever the reason is that they’re courting him, Barry is simply tickled pink and can’t wait to get to work.
“Brock Lesnar has asked for me to come and be his sparring partner for a month before he fights Cain Velasquez,” said Barry. “How cool is that? A month with the heavyweight champion of the universe Brock Lesnar, the biggest scariest dude on earth, and then a month with a legendary striker like Cro Cop.
“Cro Cop says he might fight again in November and he says as soon as my hand is healed, he would like to fly me to Croatia for a month to come and be his sparring partner.”
Prior to his 3rdRound submission loss this past June, Barry made no bones about his man crush on CC. Not only was the Croatian’s poster hanging on his wall, but he put him on his Top 5 Never to Fight list. Hopefully that VIP roster wasn’t laminated.
He now humbly finds himself in the position of assisting a pair of heavyweight counterparts prepare for battle. While they might think he’s there for their benefit, the 31-year-old intends on walking away a much better fighter as well.
“These two guys have recognized and see something in me that they feel can help them get better, and that’s amazing,” said Barry. “I get to see what it’s like to be with the big guy, the heavyweight champ, and to train with Cro Cop. That’s cool, man.”