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Was Pat Barry Having a Little Too Much Fun in the Octagon Last Night?

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In MMA, we’re constantly being reminded that one of the many things that makes our sport great is the mutual respect and admiration between the athletes. As fans, there’s something inspiring about seeing two guys pound each other for 15 minutes and then smile and shake hands afterward. It’s also fun to see guys fight when it seems like they’re really enjoying themselves. The sportsmanship, the camaraderie, the brotherhood; that stuff is great. But last night at UFC 115, all the smoking-and-joking and gripping-and-grinning might well have cost Pat Barry a win.

Let’s make no mistake in recognizing that Barry is one of the more likable guys in all of MMA. He’s smart, has a great attitude and possesses a real knack for dropping sweet quotes in otherwise dull press conference situations. In the days leading up to the UFC 115 co-main event – Attn: UFC. Not every show has or needs a “co-main event.” – Barry made no bones about the fact that his battle with Mirko CroCop was a dream come true. He and CroCop, in fact, were chiefly responsible for entertaining the collected media during fight week. But inside the cage on Saturday night it appeared that Barry might’ve let all that mirth cloud his killer instinct.

The New Orleans native certainly got the better of the early striking exchanges. Twice during the first round he dropped CroCop with right hands, but both times allowed his opponent to regain his feet without pressing the action. The first time, perhaps this was a smart move. As we found out later in the fight, Barry doesn’t have great ground skills so maybe letting CroCop stand up was a calculated bit of strategy.

The second time however, when Barry tagged CroCop so hard it caused ringside physician Dr. Joe Rogan to let fly with one of his trademark, on-the-spot diagnoses of a broken bone, Barry should’ve capitalized. Even if he wanted to avoid a grappling battle, it’s seems likely Barry could’ve finished the stunned Pride veteran with strikes from the top had he pushed forward.

Instead, Barry again let CroCop stand-up and we all know how that decision turned out. In between all the hugging and fist-bumping over the next 12-minutes or so, Barry began to tire. During the latter stages of the final round, it was CroCop’s turn to land some devastating punches. The only difference was, when CroCop got the upper hand, he didn’t hesitate to impose his will on the mat.

Once the fight hit the ground, it suddenly looked like Barry wasn’t having much fun anymore. CroCop was able to jockey for position and lock in one of the lesser-seen submissions in MMA: The no-hooks rear naked choke. Barry, who might’ve wormed out of it if he were fresher and hadn’t just been punched in the face a bunch of times, tapped quickly.

As Dana White intoned during the earlier video post, in retrospect we could probably argue all day about whether Barry gave CroCop too much respect, or not enough. Perhaps he believed he had a significant advantage on the feet. Perhaps he didn’t want to test CroCop on the mat. Perhaps he was just having so much fun that he didn’t want it to end in the first round.

Whatever  the case, when you talk a lot before the fight about how you’d like to get your opponent’s autograph once it’s all over, it looks a lot better for you if you win.

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dremmlin- October 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm
as always great information
Lily- October 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm
Just look at that smile. It's like he's just out on the streets ready to give out free hugs to anyone and make them happy for the day. Yeah, he was having fun alright.

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WalksInTheDarkness- June 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm
It was an awesome fight. Very enjoyable to watch and it was great to see two guys having so much respect for each other. Sometimes it's nice to have a bit of aggressive smack talk, Hardy vs Davis, Daley vs Koscheck as it helps amp up a fight. And the story for Cro Cop versus Barry, one young guy gets to fight his idol. And as for Barry not following Cro Cop down, the Croatian has a very under rated ground game and Barry has no ground game hence he was willing to follow Antoni Hardonk down.
Big Jumpin Dad- June 14, 2010 at 11:40 am
Mofo- June 14, 2010 at 7:50 am
No, Pat wasn't being too nice. The lesson to be learned here is not "don't be a nice guy".

He broke his hand in the first round and then his foot. And before the breakage, he just didn't follow Cop to the ground because he's too one dimensional.

So it's the same old lesson, MMA 101: don't be one dimensional.
BigJumpingDad- June 14, 2010 at 7:01 am
FINALLY someone gets what Im trying to do, and the legacy Im trying to leave behind.

Big Jumpin Dad is an imposter!!!!!!!!11
shitbag- June 14, 2010 at 6:04 am
I don't know about Barry, but I had a TON of fun with all your moms last night.
Almost North- June 14, 2010 at 12:49 am
I see what you did there. You took something funny and went all Ned Holness on it.
BigJumpingDad- June 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm
I see it like THIS; STOTT lost via PANTSING in the first but BARACK OBAMA didnt seal his BUM for him, the turn of events led to a sort of BURNING SENSATION in his BUMhole where GREG STOTTS mind travelled back to the year 1992 and OBAMA had a "GROWING PAINS" situation where he traded POOPS with ultimate fighter 8 COOLDUDE JUNIE BROWNING. The rest is NOT history.

You see what I did there?
Big Jumpin Dad is an imposter!!!!!!!!11
Lysol- June 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm
Barry is young and made a rookie mistake. No big deal, this actually makes a fight against Struve more logical now that both guys are coming off of losses. David vs. Goliath, FTW.
ghostboner- June 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm
Well at least I picked the Condit fight. I thought being younger and hungrier would = Barry victory. But I suppose the broken hand probably didn't help.
Big Jumpin Dad- June 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm
I see it like this; Mirko lost via tko in the first but barry didnt seal his fate for him, the turn of events led to a sort of topological wormhole where cro cops mind travelled back to the year 2003 and Barry had a "Freaky Friday" situation where he traded minds with ultimate fighter 1 alumni Lodune Sincaid. The rest is history
finn- June 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Get off Pat Barry. He broke his fucking hand. He didn't throw it in round two or three.
Tai-Pan- June 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm
I thought Barry would win this, not because he's great which he we all know he isn't now, but I thought Cro cop was over the hill. One of those rare times I was happy to lose my bet to see Cro cop woop some ass. Does anyone else think Barry Cro cop was reminiscent of GSP and Hughes I where GSP couldn't look him in the eye?
Keyser Soze- June 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm
@ Get Off Me

Canadian... yes, but I'm East Coast (NS). Bout an hour and a half from Jason MacDonald's hometown. I imagine another local fighter from here will be stepping up to the bigger organizations soon (Roger Hollett).

From Dartmouth/Halifax/Cole Harbour... home of Sidney Crosby. Was too early at the time to drink, I had to drive the wife to work, but it's all good now. Drink of choice is always rum.

I misinterpreted your "broke the truce" comment. Batteries were weak in my sarcasm detector, my mistake.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm
was wrong about so much shit last night I gave up and enjoyed the ride. I kind of thought things were going to go like that.
Get Off Me- June 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm
Here's to hoping you are: Western Canadian or live in a better area of Ontario and are just keeping up with the jones's....Not drinking yet..not an option in MTL.

I threw that "Cro Cop broke the truce" out there for the Pat Barry supporters last night who I saw mystified by this thing called "grappling"....

dranokills- June 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm
my take on this:
Pat Barry is a stupid fuck, and deserves his lose.
Hope he runs outta friends, before he gets drummed out of the UFC for losing to all his best buddies.
MORON Barry.
steampunk22- June 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm

You bet on Barry in your parlay? YOU cost yourself $300.

k-onda- June 13, 2010 at 11:26 am
I think Barry enjoyed meeting CroCop, while Mirko enjoys, as always, the spirit of combat. Anyway, CroCop's got more ways to win, good for him, the geezer.
ReX13- June 13, 2010 at 11:16 am
siqfastls1 Says:

"Ummm so Rich Franklin broke his ARM and yet still had the balls to pour Chuck some sleepy time tea"

Fair warning: i will be stealing this line.

Keyser Soze- June 13, 2010 at 11:10 am
@ Get Off Me...

Nah, sarcasm hat got lifted just like Rothwell's and Liddell's.

That, and I'm not drinking... yet.
LBo- June 13, 2010 at 11:05 am
All i know is that italics formatting isn't having enough fun in my browser's page title...
Get Off Me- June 13, 2010 at 10:57 am
@Keyser Soze
Not wearing the sarcasm hat today I can see.... I had my money on Cro Cop, precisely due to the fact that I knew despite the billing that this fight would end up on the ground due to Barry's lack of ground skills. Funny thing is, apparently Barry spent a ton of time working on his ground game after the Tim Hague loss, guess there is much work to be done.
Mdot50- June 13, 2010 at 10:51 am
Barry want to suck crocop off cost me 300$ 5 fight parlay. Thanks pat. Way to be a warrior jackass