Pat Barry agrees with UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey: Staying away from sex pre-fight is bunk.
“You can be frisky the day of the fight,” Barry told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “It all depends on, how are you going to handle it?”
Unlike Rousey, who said her busy schedule makes relationships difficult, UFC heavyweight Barry has all he can handle. His girlfriend, Rose Namajunas, is a fighter and scheduled to compete next week at Invicta FC 5, two months before he’s set to face Shawn Jordan at UFC 161.
But really, every week is fight week.
“It’s frisky 24 hours a day,” Barry said.
“All these boxer/fighter dudes who say, ‘I don’t have sex for six weeks because I’ve got to keep the energy,’ – they still whack off twice a day,” he added. “That’s crazy. You’re not going to have sex, but you’re going to masturbate. What’s the difference? Maybe that worked back in the day, but that’s not for everyone.”
Between sparring sessions and canoodling, the two make YouTube videos to entertain fans. (Check out Namajunas’ recent “interpretation” of the “Harlem Shake” dance.) Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: Barry knocked out his most recent opponent, while Namajunas submitted hers.
The passion carries over to the cage, where Barry said he’s simultaneously racked with nerves and confident that Namajunas will fight well.
“It’s really hard to explain,” he said. “I get nervous before her fight because it’s like mama bear: I want to be there and protect and make sure everything goes well. If anything hurts, I would like to put it on my shoulders instead of hers.
“But as nervous as I am, I am even more confident than nervous, because she’s a different species. She’s new evolution. People need to step their game up. If this is what athletes are like nowadays, then I need to get out of the sport quick before some 12-year-old, 300-pound kid shows up.”
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