Pat “HD” Barry now owns an impressive 6-2 Mixed Martial Arts record, and another devastating UFC victory. A fighter who always seems to be cast into emotional ties while fighting, was no stranger tonight fighting in front of the Troops in Fort Hood Texas. 


Pat lost his father at the young age of six showcased his sole remaining possession, the service dog tags during his post fight speech. Pat was in tears of joy after a very tough fight that many fans believe should have shared fight of the night honors with the winner of the award. Barry is already a huge fan draw, from his meet and greets and YouTube videos, but tonight’s touching speech will stick with both fans and veterans for the long haul. 

Let’s backtrack to the fight though and recap the action. 

The fight began with a very close first round where Joey Beltran seemed to control the clinch and octagon, both fighters sized each other up, and both landed. Two of the ringside judges gave Beltran the first round, most likely due to octagon control and wrestling.  The second was controlled by the vicious leg kicks from Barry up until the last-minute and a half where Barry absorbed some strikes from Beltran and was tagged while trying to create space. The second round while also close but was awarded by all three judges in Barry’s favor. The third and final round saw more massive leg and body kicks from Barry that left Beltran was stumbling around the ring. The round was the most lopsided of the three and like the second round; all three judges awarded the round to Barry. 

Though he could not finish Beltran, Barry once again reassured tonight that his powerful kicks cannot be matched by any striker in the UFC. 

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After the fight Travis Browne (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) obviously with his feelings hurt that his training partner lost the fight, challenged Barry to a fight once he beats Stefan Struve by disrespecting him for his post-fight speech. Browne twitted this out minutes after Barry defeated Beltran, “Look at pat berry playin the sympathy card… Fuck that!!! After Struve I’m down son!!!! Let’s do this shit!!!” He would later try and explain himself but the damage was already done. 

This fight would seem like a slight step down in competition for Barry, but would give the fans a grudge match with no emotional ties to Pat Barry. He would finally be fighting someone other than his role model, an ex training partner, or in the memory of his deceased father. 

Another exciting option for Barry would be Brendan Schuab or Chiek Kongo who are both big striking opponents that could propel him further into the upper echelon of the heavyweight division.

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