Pat ‘HD’ Barry has decided, at least for the time being, to call it a day on his MMA career.
The 34 years old New Orleans native and five year veteran of the UFC, 5 – 7 in the brand, has today, by way of a statement on his official Facebook page, announced that he will be taking an “indefinite leave” of absence from mixed martial arts and instead, will “explore his options” in other combat sports.
Barry’s official notice, as released by his agent Brian Butler, reads as follows:
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 bows out with an 8 – 7 record overall and riding a two fight losing streak in the senior circuit; back-to-back round one T/KOs’. And although he never had a consecutive winning streak in the UFC, his charismatic personality, stand-up power and ‘come to win or lose’ fighting style, made him a favorite with many fans; particularly at UFC events.
In either victory or defeat, Barry was exciting in the cage. In his five senior promotion wins, Barry marked four of them with T/KO stoppages; an 80% finishing rate. Conversely, Barry was not shy about putting it on the line. In his seven professional losses, all of which came in the UFC, Barry never allowed an opponent to take him to a decision; four T/KOs’ & three submissions.
In terms of his being tired of wrestling, that (wrestling) really wasn't the problem over his last number of matches. In considering his record and particularly his last few losses, his real problem appears to have been the wreck-less abandon with which he fought.
Barry was never a points’ fighter or one that liked to fight at range and play it safe. HD was always a fighter that was willing to take a risk and put himself in harm’s way; at least, if that’s what it took to land one of his powerful ‘night ending’ shots. The evidence of that is in the number of first round stoppages, win or lose, in HD’s career; 7 of 12 in the UFC; 10 of 12 overall.
That, in conjunction with the fact that Barry has only one decision to his credit (Joey Beltran / win, 2011), demonstrates HD to be a fighter that always showed up to stop or be stopped; fans couldn’t have asked for more.
As to what’s next for Barry, he’s probably apt to end up in the “Glory” Kickboxing promotion and if so, it would seem like a good fit for the 18 – 6 – 1 stand-up fighter and former K-1 star. As Glory just signed a network deal with Spike TV this past June and appears to have some buzz building around it, it bodes as a perfect opportunity for Barry to get back to doing what he loves, which is kickboxing, while at the same time still earning a living and not having to worry about wrestling or ground fighting, anymore.
For all of his fans, they'll probably be sadened by the news, but at the same time they are sure to wish HD all the best in the future and in whatever he elects to do; cheers, to HD for all the thrills.
Outside photo courtesy of mstracylee.com