Barry will look to rebound at UFC Live 6. | File Photo
Much of the talk surrounding Pat Barry
showdown with Stefan
-- which will air on Versus -- has focused on the height
differential between the two men. When the heavyweights square off
at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Barry says
the reach disparity will not be as big a factor as it might
The 32-year-old New Orleans native is accustomed to being at a
height disadvantage in most of his bouts. Conversely, he believes
the 6-foot-11 Struve does not see too many -- if any -- opponents
that are taller than him in the cage.
“In all actuality, I don’t think reach will be that big of a deal
in this fight. Everybody that Stefan fights and trains with is
shorter than he is, and everybody I spar with is bigger than I am,”
Barry said during a pre-fight teleconference. “How often does
Stefan fight a guy that’s taller than him? I don’t run into guys
that are shorter than I am. I don’t think this fight will make it
That does not mean Barry will not be prepared. For his camp, he
brought in 6-foot-7 wrestler-turned-kickboxer Maurice “The Pirate”
Green, who Barry referred to as “Black Struve.” When Green was not
emulating Struve, Barry was throwing punches and kicks at Matt
Morgan while the
Team Death Clutch trainer stood on a stool.
“I think this could turn out to be a really awesome fight where it
comes down to [where] my short arms don’t matter. We might cancel
each other out in a way that it might take a long time to finish
this fight,” Barry said. “Or maybe he can keep me [away] with the
jab the way people eventually started keeping Mike Tyson away from
them with a jab. Who knows? It could be a little bit of
Barry has split six bouts in the Octagon, with victories over
Hardonk and Joey
Beltran. His most recent defeat came to Cheick Kongo
at UFC Live 4 in one of the year’s wildest bouts. Barry cracked
Kongo with a right hand early and rushed in for an apparent finish.
Referee Dan Miragliotta appeared close to stopping the action but
ultimately allowed Kongo to continue. From there, the Frenchman
gathered himself enough to land a right hook and an uppercut that
knocked Barry unconscious.
Barry said he learned from Kongo’s miraculous recovery.
“You always hear people say anything is possible. I always knew
that was the truth. You can’t count anybody out, even when they’re
unconscious in the first round,” he said.
Even though the kickboxing specialist was mere moments away from a
signature victory, he refuses to dwell on the loss.
“You can’t win all the time. Eventually you’ve gotta fail and
you’ve gotta lose. That’s one of the best ways to grow and get
better,” Barry said. “You can be pissed all night, [but] once you
lose a fight, you lost. Either learn from it and get better or just
go sit in a chair and rot away. There’s winning and there’s
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