Even in victory, it appears heavyweight Pat Barry can’t win. Following his unanimous decision triumph over Joey Beltran at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2” on Saturday, the charismatic striker came under fire for his inability to execute the “Mexicutioner.”
“I’ve already had bad things said to me as soon as I got out [of the Octagon],” Barry told MMAjunkie of the immediate backlash. “People said, ‘Good fight, but what happened in round one?’
“I’m already hearing negative [comments]. I’m getting bad text messages already. That’s always going to happen. No matter what, some people are just going to hate your guts. It’s impossible to make everyone happy.”
The fanboy in Barry came out prior to his UFC 115 contest with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. “HD” followed that up with multiple awkward moments of admiration for his hero during their affair – much to the dismay of ticket-purchasers who expected to witness action, but were rewarded with affection instead.
While Barry claimed to be chomping at the bit to avenge his submission loss to CC, the kickboxer didn’t unleash the inner beast most anticipated. It appeared as though he could have finished Beltran off by laying additional lumber on his lead leg, particularly in the middle stanza, but the 31-year-old was more nonchalant with his attack.
“That guy is a zombie,” Barry admitted. “I kicked him in his face 300 times. I think I beat his leg to death, and he was going to keep coming no matter what. If we had two more rounds, he’d be hopping around on one leg. That dude is a monster.”
At the end of the day, as win’s a win. Barry now has six of them to go along with his two blemishes.