HATER, as defined by UrbanDictionary.com: “A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy, they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.”
Pat Barry (Pictured) knows this term all too well. In fact, the UFC heavyweight claims he and his fellow mixed martial artists are constantly under attack from boisterous keyboard warriors across the globe – win, lose or draw.
“Fighters can’t win for nothing,” Barry stated. “Even with a win, we lose. I’ve got a one second knockout, where the ref said ‘Fight,’ I throw a high-kick and knock the guy out and people still got on the Internet and said I have the stupidest haircut they had ever seen, or that they hate my shorts.
“We can’t win, ever. No matter what happens.”
The striker started to come under heavy fire when he faced his longtime hero at UFC 115. Instead of talking about how he was going to steamroll an aging Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Barry discussed his desire to get CC’s autograph. His admiration for his opponent rolled over into their scrap, where there were plenty of handshakes and hugs to go around – much to the dismay of fight fans and UFC president Dana White alike.
Barry wound up losing via submission to his idol, so he tried a different strategy when he had Cheick Kongo dazed and confused in his last fight. In both instances, “HD” quickly discovered he can’t please everyone.
“Like in the Cro Cop fight, I punch him in the head, knock him down but I don’t jump on top of him and people say, ‘You’re not aggressive enough. You don’t have no killer instinct. You showed him too much respect,’” Barry expressed.
“So in the Kongo fight, I punch him in the head, knocked him down and jumped on top of him and the exact same people, because I never erase the messages, are saying, ‘You shouldn’t have jumped on top of him. Too much killer instinct.’”
At the end of the day, Barry realizes he can only fight for himself, his team, family, friends and a select few diehard fans. Outside of that, haters gonna hate.
“You can’t win. Some people are gonna love you, most people are gonna hate you,” Barry stated. “That’s a fact. That’s part of the job and we’ve grown to accept that. People are just going to hate on us no matter what.”
Barry co-headlines “UFC on Versus 6” opposite Stefan Struve Saturday inside the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.