The former K-1 kickboxer has been known for his devastating finishing power, but with a 1-3 record in recent fights, Barry needed to come out swinging against Shane Del Rosario at the TUF 16 finale.
In the early going things got dicey for Barry when Del Rosario revealed his strategy by gunning for the takedown early and often when the fight started.
The work paid off as Del Rosario eventually got the fight to the mat, and started to work for submissions.
The former Strikeforce heavyweight seemed like he had Barry in a bad spot as he locked up a rear naked choke, but with only his arms wrapped around his opponent’s neck with no legs locked in for a base, it was a matter of time before he slipped off. To his credit, Del Rosario transitioned to an armbar, and then an omo plata before Barry finally slipped out once and for all.
Del Rosario was clearly up one round to none, but that didn’t matter after just a few seconds expired in the second round.
Barry came out swinging in round two, clipping Del Rosario with a big left hook and sending the former Muay Thai champion lumbering towards the cage.
Smelling the blood in the water, Barry swarmed his opponent with punches, and after a flurry of shots he landed a beautifully timed right hook that sent Del Rosario crashing to the mat.
“I told you since day one I’m throwing heat or I’m throwing nothing. I’m either going to win all the way or I’m losing all the way, there’s no in between,” said Barry after the knockout.
As big as a win as this was for Barry, he didn’t want the spotlight to be on him when the fight was over and UFC commentator Joe Rogan put a microphone in front of his face. Instead, Barry sent a message out to everyone after the tragic shooting that took place in Connecticut yesterday.
“I woke up yesterday to the worst text message I ever got about the incident yesterday,” said Barry. “If you’ve got kids, hug them as if it’s the last day, hug your parents, go hug your best friends, and if you have any beef with anybody from over 10 years ago that’s over nothing, tell them you’re sorry and you love them because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Sometimes there are things much, much bigger than fighting and Barry deserves absolute credit for acknowledging that and sending such a powerful message in his post fight speech.
Veteran coach Duane Ludwig knew what he signed up for when he agreed to work alongside T.J. Dillashaw as an assistant coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption.”Filed under: Featured Videos, News read news >>
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale continues to take shape with a new light heavyweight fight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
TJ Dillashaw calls in to talk about coaching on TUF 25, the bad blood with Team Alpha Male, Cody Garbrandt's KO video claims and more.Later, Eddie "Truck" Gordon joins the show. Plus, the guys talk a read news >>
Tom Gallicchio loves the underdog story, and he believes he can fit that description by winning this season of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. read news >>
Eddie Gordon wasn’t quite sure what to think when he got the call asking if he’d like to go back on another season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale has added a bout with a pair of unbeaten lightweight prospects.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Diego Sanchez has a pointed message for all the doubters that want him to retire. read news >>
The confrontation got heated when Urijah Faber challenged TJ Dillashaw's recollection of his split with Team Alpha Male. read news >>
The upsets continue on The Ultimate Fighter 25 as Team Dillashaw’s sixth pick, Tom Gallicchio, tapped out Team Garbrandt’s third pick, Eddie Gordon. read news >>
Eddie Gordon won’t be the first two-time winner in the history of “The Ultimate Fighter” after being eliminated in his opening-round fight of the reality series’ 25th season. However, he said he’s co read news >>