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‘UFC on Versus 6′ Jobs Report: Pat Barry Probably Isn’t Going Anywhere

(Pat tried to take that thing down and landed directly in a guillotine. Props: @hypeordie)

It’s official: A good personality + the willingness to stand-and-bang = job security in the UFC. Following Pat Barry‘s second-round triangle/armbar loss to Stefan Struve at Saturday’s “UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson” show, UFC president Dana White was asked about the heavyweight striker’s future in the company, to which DW replied:

We like guys like that, we like guys that are exciting and guys that come out and fight. I don’t know, Pat’s a guy that we do like. He’s one of the guys that always brings it. He’s like, a lot of people were saying “you’re cutting Dan Hardy,” Dan Hardy comes to fight and always puts on wars. I like the Arturo Gatti type fighters. I like the guys who always bring it. And that’s what this is about. When you’re a fight fan you tune in to see fights and I like guys who do it.”

Barry is now 3-4 in his UFC career, with three of those losses by submission (and one loss via divine intervention). He’s always a threat as long as the fight remains standing, but he immediately becomes vulnerable once the fight hits the ground. Should Barry be allowed to keep his spot based on entertainment value? Or should he have to get a little more seasoning before he’s allowed back on MMA’s most elite stage?

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fitdaws- October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Stinkfacer, you dont have to call me an idiot! I like Pat Barry, and I dont want him cut. My point was there are other fighters ( my one example Marcus Davis, there's others} who have been cut, yet always came to battle. And while Pat seems like a nice guy and funny bastard, I have met Marcus and he was cool also.
StinkFacer- October 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Dude there are some straight up idiots here. Listen, the reason Pat Barry keeps his job, and people like Marcus Davis don't, is because Pat Barry interacts with his fans constantly, showing videos of his training, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy. Yes, he's a gatekeeper. I agree, he has no groundgame (which should be a moot point eventually, now that hes training with deathclutch). However look at his salient good points:

Extremely marketable fighter in terms of personality
He always puts on exciting fights. If you need reference, after Pat Barry vs Cro Cop, look at Cro Cop vs Mir.
The most ideal gatekeeper in the heavyweight division.

You'll tune in to watch him, and in the process, casual fans learn about an up and coming talent in the UFC, which adds another marketable fighter in the stable.

Besides....PB rocked a CP shirt if im not mistaken. that makes him all good in my book, SIRS.

PS: my captcha algebraic formula? how do i put x cubed damnit
DARKHORSE06- October 3, 2011 at 11:00 am
Seriously. How can any of you say PB brings it? The dude fucking sucks. At best he is a B League fighter, no way can any of you argue he is UFC material. PB's fights are not exciting. His one exciting fight was with Kongo. But shit Paul Buentello has more exciting fights than PB and he isn't around.

The fact that the UFC even keeps this douche around only speaks to how shallow the UFC's heavy weight roster is. DW - Please steal the rest of the roided out roster from Strikeforce and make it quick!
fitdaws- October 3, 2011 at 10:48 am
Thats great that Dana likes guys that come to fight...I quickly think of Marcus Davis...cut why?? All fights were wars, including the last one with Jeremy Stephens! Just saying..
NomadRip- October 3, 2011 at 9:48 am
I agree that PB needs to stop hugging and high-fiving opponents mid-fight. Save that for after you've let your killer instinct run roughshod over his face. Your job is to whoop up on people, so get to whoopin'.
I also think he'd better spend a good amount of his training time on the aspects of his game that will always keep him from being a contender: Ground game, I'm looking at you.
All that said, I only watched the show to see that fight, too. I will always watch any card Berry is on, even if he goes back to fighting in smokers. He's a great guy, has exciting fights, and is always putting on great fights. I am glad they're keeping him.
PingPong- October 3, 2011 at 9:04 am
Barry vs. Hunt. Battle of the ethnically ambiguous strikers.
MKO- October 3, 2011 at 8:46 am
I say give him Rothwell and loser leaves
dolo1313- October 3, 2011 at 8:36 am
Barry needs a win fast. One more tap out or loss period that doesnt get him fight of the night, he will be looking at a spot on spike tv or mtv.
Stak40- October 3, 2011 at 8:10 am
@Smitty. AGREED!Haha! If they keep Barry, he should be forever banished to the televised portion of the prelim fights. So where does Struve fall in the officiallyunofficial rankings. Possibly a gate keeper to the top 5?
skeletor- October 3, 2011 at 8:09 am
As long as the UFC is going to be the only game in town and is planning on putting on 200 cards a year they will need guys like Barry. he will never be the champ but will always be an option when they need an excitting fight on a card.
Ani703- October 3, 2011 at 8:08 am
I love Pat Barry. He is awesome, and a fan favorite. Dude always comes to fight and he's exciting to watch. I was way more excited for the Barry fight than any other fight on that card. Dude is a beast. Keep Him.
ByrneDout- October 3, 2011 at 8:03 am
Pat Barry is an exciting fighter he was ten seconds away from destroying Kongo and if he had timed the Rampage Slam better he may have defeated Struve. It would be a shame to see him cut he always comes to fight and also is competitive in those fights.
I think he will have trouble because of his height in the division but I don't ever see him cutting down to 205 but I think he would really be interesting down there.
PS I hate captchas.
Todd M- October 3, 2011 at 8:02 am
I'm glad Pat's going to be sticking around but i kinda agree with ya Smitty. I think Pat sometimes lets the fight go on longer than he needs to (ie Cro Cop) but then again the times he has gone beserk for the finish (Hague, Kongo, Struve) he's fallen into trouble. I don't know but I'm glad he not fired
Smitty- October 3, 2011 at 7:52 am
I acknowledge Pats heart, but I'm a little sick of his buddy-buddy routine when he's in the cage. Most of his losses have come at the hands of people he was tryin to blow in the cage instead of fight.