Former UFC heavyweight fighter and fan favorite Pat “HD” Barry will return to the ring once again this Saturday, May 3 at Glory 16 against Zack Mwekassa, as he makes his second appearance on the pro kickboxing circuit since retiring from MMA.
As one of the most feared strikers in the UFC heavyweight division, Barry is no stranger to the kickboxing scene as he compiled a professional record of (10-5-1) and competed on the K-1 circuit from 2005-2007 before ever making his MMA debut, and defeated legends like Garry Goodridge and Mark Shelbee in the process.
Even before his departure from the UFC Pat Barry flirted with the idea of returning to his kickboxing roots, and sure enough one month after hanging up the MMA mitts he announced he had signed with the Glory promotion.
The powerful Barry did not disappoint in his comeback fight before diving into the deep waters of the world’s biggest kickboxing promotion as he blasted an overmatched Ed Burris in Richmond, Va this past March, improving his pro ledger to (11-5-1).
In his next bout Barry will take a step up in competition this weekend at Glory 16 in Denver as he faces 10-1 Zack Mwekassa who owns a knockout in 9 of his professional victories.
This fight will also serve as a reserve bout for the Glory Heavyweight Tournament, which will also take place that night, as Sergei Kharitonov (5-3) takes on Anderson Silva (37-10) and Ben Edwards (36-9-3) battles veteran Errol Zimmerman (101-11-1) in the tournament’s semi-final. It’s a long shot, but it is not impossible that Barry could find himself in a prime position to claim a title in Glory if he can pick up a win Saturday.