With all the talk over the past few days about the heavyweight action scheduled for UFC 146 it’s been easy to forget that two other talented fighters from the “big boy” division have a bout scheduled a few weeks earlier in the form of Pat Barry-Lavar Johnson. The pair of knockout artists is set to compete alongside other featured bouts such as Josh Koscheck-Johny Hendricks, Alan Belcher-Rousimar Palhares, and Jim Miller-Nate Diaz at a stacked UFC on FOX 3 event this May 5.
However, according to Barry, fans better make sure they don’t blink when he meets Johnson inside the Octagon, as one of the two will be going to sleep shortly after the cage door closes.
“Lavar and I are both allergic to jiu-jitsu. That’s a fact,” said Barry at a press conference promoting the card. “We’re also allergic to rounds two and three. Will we see a lot of beginner-level wrestling and grappling on the 5th? Most likely not.”
“Lavar Johnson has beyond heavy hands,” the affable New Orleans native continued. “The dude’s fists are the size of my head. I think we’re going to do our damndest to punch each other a lot.”
Of Barry’s eleven professional MMA fights, seven have ended in the opening round of action including his most recent outing against Christian Morecraft who he plastered this past January. Comparably, Johnson has 21 total appearances in the ring with seventeen stoppages in the first frame (fourteen of which were victories).
Check out the complete press conference below with talk starting about nine minutes in:
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MMATraining Take: The UFC made a great decision by putting this fight on FOX. Whether you’re a longtime fan of MMA or a new viewer you no doubt have an appreciation and understanding for the simple equation created by two sluggers banging it out for a few minutes with one man eventually taking a nosedive into the canvas. It will treat the casual folks to a quick, exciting finish and give the rest of the crowd something to “ooh” and “ahh” at.