Pat Barry. A man in demand.
Barry is awesome. Everybody likes him. The fans. The other fighters. He deserves it. The lovely squidgy cuddly thing.Pat Barry has revealed that he is in high demand following his UFC 113 fight with Croatian heavyweight legend Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic.
Speaking to Wisconsin Combat Sports, a website local to the gym where he trains under Duke Roufus, Barry said he had received calls from CroCop and Brock Lesnar to be a sparring partner for future fights.
“I’m talking to Cro Cop. Brock Lesnar wants me to come and be his sparring partner… You can’t write this man, this isn’t even a dream. This is just all around fabulous. I’m just going to keep riding with it, man, and keep screaming thank you out the window to somebody,“ Barry said.
“[Filipovic] says as soon as my hand is healed, he would like to fly me to Croatia for a month to come and be his sparring partner… [Filipovic] said, ‘You are faster than I am and you hit harder than I do… but I could tell that when we grabbed each other you weren’t very strong. Like you haven’t been wrestling with guys bigger than you or stronger than you…So I’ve got a lot of giant serial killer Croatian guys out here, that are wrestlers that I could throw at you…But I would really like you to come out here and be my sparring partner for my next fight.’”
Barry also related how UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar “has asked for me to come and be his sparring partner for a month before he fights Cain Velasquez. How cool is that? A month with the heavyweight champion of the universe Brock Lesnar, the biggest scariest dude on earth, and then a month with a legendary striker like CroCop. These two guys have recognized and see something in me that they feel can help them get better, and that’s amazing.”
Barry lost to Filipovic by third-round submission following a back-and-forth striking battle at UFC 113. Despite losing, Barry earned himself big points with fans for taking the fight to CroCop - his self-confessed hero - and battling on with a broken hand.