MMA fan favorite Pat “HD” Barry will, once again, try to win consecutive fights inside the Octagon for the first time in his mixed martial arts career when he kicks off the UFC 161 main card against Shawn “The Savage” Jordan.
The event is set for June 15, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.
As far as Barry (8-5-0, 6 KOs) is concerned, Jordan (14-4-0, 10 KOs) has a lot to be worried about heading into their UFC 161 encounter.
“Everybody’s been kicked hard, everybody’s been punched hard, everybody’s got a story about the one time that they were hit so hard,” Barry said on ‘Countdown to UFC 161.’ “I hit different. I don’t hit hard, I hit scary.”
At times during his UFC career, Barry has shown promising signs, but he seems to have a hard time fighting to his true potential on a consistent basis.
Pat’s UFC 115 bout against Pride FC legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović is a perfect example of the former kickboxer’s focus costing him a win.
Barry got off to a solid start against Cro Cop, surprisingly, proving to be the better striker. He dominated their encounter until he started playing around during the third round, seemingly taking it easy on the Croatian, who he admitted was one of his heroes coming up.
Unfortunately for Barry, Cro Cop wasn’t playing around, and he made Barry pay for his carelessness during the final minute of their UFC 115 clash, pulling off the come-from-behind victory via rear-naked choke.
Pat bounced back from the disappointing loss with a unanimous decision against Joey Beltran, but his focus issues were apparent once again during his next fight against Cheick Kongo. Barry hurt Kongo early in their encounter, and referee Dan Miragliotta looked like he was about to stop the fight.
However, during what was supposed to be Barry’s fight-ending barrage, he forgot to protect himself, and Kongo made him pay for it, subsequently knocking him out.
That back and forth trend has followed Barry till date, but HD seems certain he’ll emerge victorious at UFC 161. He also plans to keep fans entertained throughout his bout against Jordan.
“Putting on a show for fans is just something that naturally happens with my style of fighting,” Barry told MMAJunkie.com. “I know we need to keep the fans happy. That’s true. I just lucked out that my approach to a fight and the way I go about doing it just happens to be aesthetically pleasing, visually pleasing to a crowd.”