Patrick Barry (left) | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Barry doesn’t want to hear it anymore.
At dinner, a fan approached him and said he’d seen him fight. Then
the fan whispered that he knew Barry had thrown his UFC 115 bout
against Mirko “Cro
“I’m still hearing about that,” Barry said Wednesday on the
Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I’m still hearing
In the seven months since the fight, Barry said he’s been
approached every single day by someone who thinks he showed Cro Cop
too much respect or simply didn’t want to win.
“My mother’s hearing this kind of s--t. My mother’s hearing this,”
Barry said. “People are approaching my mother and making these
comments to her. It’s still going on now.”
Barry explained that what really happened was he broke his hand and
his foot in the first round. For the next 12 minutes, he fought for
survival, eventually succumbing to a rear-naked choke 4:30 into the
third round. He’s baffled by people who think he lacked heart in
“You know what I really wanted to do? I really wanted to go and get
kicked in the head and knocked out completely because I like having
a headache for three days,” Barry said sarcastically.
Tired of defending himself, he has started telling people that he
bet on Cro Cop and made a ton of money on losing the fight. They
don’t laugh. They believe him.
The criticism has soured Barry’s mood. With a Jan. 22 UFC
“Fight for the Troops 2” matchup against Joey
Beltran approaching, Barry hasn’t been his usual pre-fight
“This is a feeling I haven’t had in a long time,” he said. “Back in
my kickboxing days, I used to have these every once in a while.
Just an angry, want to break something, upset at something. I don’t
know what it is. I don’t know what it is that’s giving me this
feeling, this sensation, but I’m very annoyed. Like I’m extremely
annoyed and I feel like I’ve got to break something.”
The last time Barry had this feeling was before a kickboxing bout
Liddell’s teammate Scott
“I kicked him in his neck,” Barry said. “I don’t think I hit any
bone. I just hit straight jugular with my shin in his neck, and he
was carried out on a stretcher and hospitalized that night.”
Barry believes he’s ready for either a Fight of the Night or
Knockout of the Night performance against Beltran.
“Every time I’m going for it,” he said. “No matter what the world
may believe or have seen. Even in the last fight, I put it all out
there on the line every time. I know that of myself. From what I’ve
seen of Joey Beltran and heard of him, he does it too. It’s obvious
when you see the guy fight, he’s fighting with his heart.”
Win or lose, though, Barry said he’s not trying to erase fans’
perception of his performance against Cro Cop.
“I’m the one who I’ve got to prove something too,” he said. “The
world is either going to be with you or they’re going to be against
you. … No matter what, people are going to hate your guts anyway.
That’s part of the job. We all know it and expect that.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 7:00) with Barry, who also discussed
Lesnar, fighting for the fans and the seven months since his
loss to Cro Cop.