Without question Pat Barry is one of the most entertaining heavyweights on the UFC roster. Whether by knocking his opponents out cold inside the ring or busting their guts outside of it with his unique brand of humor, Barry is constantly bringing a smile to folks’ faces and would likely have it no other way given his genuinely positive disposition.
However, MMA is a results-driven business, No matter how personable a fighter might be or how many funny pictures he might take in whitey-tighties, a spot on the UFC roster requires success in the cage and in reality Barry hasn’t measured up thus far.
If the 32-year old Barry falls tonight to Stefan Struve – especially if he’s finished – the UFC needs to seriously consider handing him a pink-slip along with his next paycheck. A defeat at UFC Live 6 would drop Barry’s record to 3-4 in the Octagon (only 6-4 overall) including submission losses to Mirko Filipovic and Tim Hague who went on to combine for an 0-6 record in the UFC after beating “HD”.
Not only would it be the right thing to do in terms of setting a standard for performance in the UFC but it could even help Barry in the long run. Letting him fight without the pressure of a Zuffa spotlight could allow the New Orleans native to focus solely on improving as a fighter. Also, racking up a couple of consecutive victories might help build his confidence up some and would easily open the door for Barry to return with a more-respectable record to boot. And, were he to lose in Titan FC or a Bellator tournament, it would simply prove he wasn’t necessarily cut out to fight at UFC level to begin with.
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