MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Pat Barry Talks About the Excruciating Pain of Breaking His Hand and Foot in Cro Cop Fight


(What’s the best way to say "I’m sorry" to a guy who kicks people in the head for a living? PicProps: UFC.com)

Full disclosure time, PotatoNation. In the immediate aftermath of UFC 115, the asshole Weekend Editor of this website (that would be me) wrote a piece criticizing Pat Barry for doing too much grippin’-and-grinnin’ in the Octagon during his submission loss to Mirko Cro Cop. Now that new shit has come to light – including but not limited to an insightful interview with Old Dad published Sunday over on MMAFighting.com – I’d like to say: Damn, playa. My bad.

Turns out, after breaking both his right hand and right foot during the first round, Barry was coping with excruciating pain and what he himself describes as “complete, oh-shit-I-don’t-know-what-to-do panic” for the remainder of the bout.  Viewed with the benefit of that information, Barry’s performance seems not tentative and awe-struck as I first implied, but actually extremely courageous. So yeah, sorry about that stuff I said earlier, Pat.


"Of course you always hear different questions and assumptions,” Barry told our man Ben Fowlkes about some of the things said about him after the loss. “Some people are like, ‘I hope you got paid a lot to throw the fight,’ which is just absurd. Then there’s others saying, ‘You were scared of beating your idol,’ or the one that bugs me the most, ‘You were showing him too much respect.’ What does that mean? Does it mean, I got in the ring and respected his abilities in the fight? I don’t know. How can you have too much respect for ‘Cro Cop’? He’s ‘Cro Cop’!"

More than a month after the fight, Barry told Fowlkes his hand is out of the cast but still pretty much useless. He’s been speeding up the healing process, he says, by singing Toto songs to it. Seriously. He also discussed the Cro Cop fight with a kind of frank honesty that’s hard not to admire.

"The world couldn’t see it because the camera wasn’t close enough to my face, but as soon as I broke my hand – that was the second punch I landed that knocked him down – as soon as it happened, my lip was starting to tremble, and for two reasons,” Barry says. “One, it hurt terribly. And two, I honestly thought that was going to be the end of my career. I never would have guessed that it was only one broken bone. I felt like all the bones in my hand were, like, entirely disintegrated.”

All that hugging and high-fiving, which many analysts (including me) mistook for an overabundance of respect for his opponent? That was just Barry doing something, anything he could to try to get through the fight.  He attempted throwing the hand a few more times — "I almost screamed," he says of how much it hurt – and then had to put it into full-on survival mode for as long as he could.

I recommend you check out the article in its entirety. Suffice it to say, Pat Barry seems like an awesome dude. He also seems like one of the toughest sons of a bitches walking the face of the earth. Me,  I’m just a shit-talking square who writes for the Internet. So, uh, can we call it even?

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fatbellyfrank- July 26, 2010 at 7:29 am
@ Dick, the Knights that go nyeee approve
Mofo- July 26, 2010 at 7:12 am
@Dick_Gozenya - best comment in weeks!

It's just a flesh wound!

Iiiiii'll bite your KNEES off!
Dick_Gozenya- July 26, 2010 at 5:07 am
...meanwhile at UFC 115...

Pat Barry: Come on then.
Crocop: What?
Pat Barry: Have at you!
Crocop: You are indeed brave, Sir Pat, but the fight is mine.
Pat Barry: Oh, had enough, eh?
Crocop: Look, you stupid bastard, you've got no arms left.
Pat Barry: Yes I have.
Crocop: Look!
Pat Barry: Just a flesh wound.
Crocop: Look, stop that.
Pat Barry: Chicken! Chicken!
Crocop: Look, I'll have your foot. Right!

Crocop breaks Pat Barry's foot.


Pat Barry: Right, I'll do you for that!
Crocop: You'll what?
Pat Barry: Come 'ere!
Crocop: What are you going to do, bleed on me?
Pat Barry: I'm invincible!
Crocop: You're a loony.
Pat Barry: Pat Barry always triumphs! Have at you! Come on then!
ghostboner- July 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm
cwr - That's what I'm sayin, only with ACTUAL injuries. Mostly I just wanted to make fun of Tito in a post unrelated to him, cause I watched that video of him signing his contract to fight Hammuwh.

FBF - I agree, Pat is absolutely the man. He already was before the fight, but anyone who busts their foot on Cro Cop's dome is a certified badass in my book. Especially if they keep fighting

And I also approve of Dundas. I even used to read the Rumble on occasion.
stopdrinkingpee- July 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm
Just wanted to add my name to the list of those who approve of Dundas.
glassjawsh- July 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm
wait a second....there's a weekend editor? how the fuck do I tell the difference between you and geek face-stupid hair?? put your name at the top so I can know where to direct my blue steel wit and snappy yo momma joke
Sudos KFC- July 25, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I love how all week everyone on cp was bitching about the elitist nitpicking going on recently than we had two of our esteemed contributors have to eat crow in seperate articles this week. Karma.

FreddyFangers- July 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm
How about a Dan Quinn update, CP?
Kellenavalanche- July 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm
I thought it was quite obvious that he broke his hand early into the fight. He stopped throwing punches, kickboxers don't do that if there is nothing wrong.
fatbellyfrank- July 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm
@Shammy, my opinion only, not neccesarily all time legend but legendary performance to fight on with those two injuries was the general gist, as you may have gained from my post, I just think it's a pretty awesome effort to keep going when two of your weapons have been rendered pretty much useless.
I personally wouldn't even enter the cage against Cro_Cop without a full suit of body armour and a cuppla semi automatic rifles!
shammy4life- July 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm
@fatbellyfrank
legend? c'mon man really. The guys tough but he's not ever going to be a legend, I mean he's not on Randelman's level of striking but he's pretty good.
FreddyFangers- July 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Good Job Dundas, now finish sucking my hawg.
fatbellyfrank- July 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm
He fought with a busted hand and foot!!!! I've broken metatarsals and pinkies at various stages but never at the same time, and the thought of actually being in the cage in an MMA fight with a dude like CroCop, with BOTH those body parts busted!!!!! Fuck me, I'm gonna pass out from pain just thinking about!
Pat Barry is one tough muthafucka, legend
And nice article Chad, You CP contributors are the best on the fucken internet bar none
just some dong- July 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm
You're not an asshole, guy. More like a lucky bastard whose weekend gig we're all jealous of.
cwr- July 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm
"Dude better hope he doesn't have to fight a top contender, he will end up with a broken back and a cracked skull."

You mean he will become Tito Ortiz?
ghostboner- July 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Damn it DUNDAS!!!! Sorry it has just become habit. Way to be a man and apologize. Althought, I wouldn't have remembered you said that stuff if you hadn't reminded me. Poor Pat, seems like he breaks something in every fight. He broke his thumb against Hardonk. Now this. Dude better hope he doesn't have to fight a top contender, he will end up with a broken back and a cracked skull.
MMA Montage Fighter- July 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm
This weekend guy is solid.

Much more solid than some of the other new blood around here *coughs awkwardly*
dannyvalentine- July 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm
so what, no backsies now? and here I am hoping for an amends video on par with the ipecac incident of 09...You have no idea how funny it would be to see you take a leg kick from barry. Hilarious! seriously though, way to not be a pussy and say sorry. Hugs
mt59801- July 25, 2010 at 11:54 am
So does this mean old dad can't write guest articles here?
cecils_pupils- July 25, 2010 at 11:08 am
Looks like Dundas has eaten his share of crow for the weekend. It takes a real man to admit when you are wrong... now take your hand, reach back behind your shoulder, and pat yourself on the back. Nice article, Chad.
frndlylion- July 25, 2010 at 11:00 am
I for one appreciated the obvious respect these two fighters had for each other. Looks like Barry was basically fighting with one hand behind his back and one foot in a bucket of cement. I give him props for getting off the stool for round 2.
TehBeej- July 25, 2010 at 10:54 am
Gotta give Cro Cop his due for this fight also. Dude hung in there when it was tough, then clawed his way back into the fight. Well done.
ReX13- July 25, 2010 at 10:50 am
Props, Dundas.


And damn it is hard not to like Pat Barry.
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