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Pat Barry Bashes His Own Ground Game, Says He Wants Stefan Struve Next

(Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle’s UFC 104 post-fight party set.)

If you were listening to a very special Tuesday edition of Ben vs. Ben this week, you heard Ben Goldstein suggest a heavyweight sight gag in the form of 5’11 Pat Barry taking on 6’11 Stefan Struve.  Both fighters were victorious at UFC 104, and they are the shortest and the tallest UFC heavyweights respectively.  It turns out that Barry actually thinks that’s a pretty good idea, and he’s asking for the UFC to set that one up.  In a chat with, Barry said he wants Struve next because “it would be a David and Goliath…I would like to fight him next and then work my way up to Kongo.”

Clearly this is a man who knows how to pick his style match-ups.  Struve obviously has some submissions, but he’s no takedown the artist.  The weakest part of Barry’s arsenal right now is undoubtedly his ground game.  The more fights he can get with guys willing to stand and trade with him, the more time he has to shore up his takedown defense.  In fact, there’s probably no one more critical of Barry’s ground skills than himself right now.  In a bit of self-deprecation that borders on self-loathing, Barry described his takedown defense as “very suspicious” and said that one thing he’s shown in his three UFC fights thus far is that he’s “very suspect on the ground.”

Not that we’d disagree with that assessment, but damn.  How about a little optimism, Pat?  You don’t hear Bob Sapp running around and talking about how he has the cardio of an eighty-year-old emphysema patient.

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Bill C.- October 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm
UFC 8 for the motherf'in win.
WuTangClan- October 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Goldstein? Doesnt get more Jewish then that
Horror Fighter- October 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm
I agree: he's no takedown the artist.
Dr Hak- October 30, 2009 at 11:39 am
How about UFC 106? I hear there's an opening for a heavyweight fight.

(Nevermind - should've read the part in the transcript where he says he's "two hours out of surgery")
831 Son- October 30, 2009 at 11:33 am
@imakeutap-- Kill yourself loser. You fail at life.
ijustcreatedanaccounttocrackwise- October 30, 2009 at 11:25 am
Barry should wear stilts for his pre-fight walk-in.
hjdevnull- October 30, 2009 at 11:15 am
You know, between his attitude, his exciting fights, and his totally awesome Techno Viking dance abilities, it's pretty damn hard to dislike Pat Berry.
imakeutap- October 30, 2009 at 11:00 am
imakeutap- October 30, 2009 at 10:59 am
Left_Boob_Telligman- October 30, 2009 at 10:57 am
This could be a first in MMA. Struve might actually pull off a Wanderlei-in-Pride style foot stomp/soccer kick to the head of a *standing* opponent.
agentsmith- October 30, 2009 at 10:55 am