Reports across the Internet are stating that UFC heavyweight Pat Barry is taking a leave from MMA. The announcement should not come as a big surprise as Barry had an up and down career in MMA since moving to the sport and the UFC in 2008.
Always known for his standup style of fighting, Barry compiled a mediocre record of 5-7 inside the UFC. Beloved by the fans, it was guaranteed that Barry would always bring his best to the octagon and create a fun fight for the fans. Out of his five victories, four of them came by knockout or TKO.
A bundle of potential, Barry just never seemed to break into the elite ranks of the heavyweight division or increase his skills on the ground. The last time he won multiple fights in a row was in 2008 when he won his first four fights in his MMA career. After that, he traded wins and losses on a regular basis and twice lost two fights in a row (Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve in 2011, Shawn Jordan and Soa Palelei in 2013).
Though it is sad to watch such a fan favorite leave the sport, Barry could help what seems to be a major push for kickboxing in the United States if he decides to return to the sports. His current kickboxing record stands at 15-5, which includes a stint in the K-1 promotion from 2005-2007.
With Glory kickboxing making a significant run and landing a television deal with Spike TV, it would not be farfetched to believe Barry would take that route. It was announced recently that kickboxing and PRIDE legend Mirko Cro Cop will return to kickboxing under the Glory banner.
With Barry being well-known among many, it would help the promotion in a big way if he decides to return to kickboxing.