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Pat Barry mends broken limbs, still on high from UFC 115
UFC heavyweight reflects on co-main event fight with Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic.

Jenelle Schneider / Vancouver Sun

Mirko Cro Cop defeats Patrick Barry by tap out at UFC 115 on Saturday at GM Place in Vancouver.
Nearly a month after getting in the octagon with one of his biggest idols, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry is still in awe that he actually fought Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.

If at any point the experience seems unreal to him, all he has to do is look down at his fractured hand and foot to prove it really happened.

The Milwaukee-based fighter still is on the mend from injuries he sustained in his June 13 submission loss to Filipovic at UFC 115. Just recently, doctors removed a protective boot from his broken right foot; however, his right hand still remains in a cast for the next 10 days.

Restricted from all athletic activity, Barry has spent his days glued to the television set, reliving the greatest moment of his young MMA career.

"I'm still high from the fight. I'm watching it over and over again," Barry said. "It was absolutely the most awesome experience ever. I got in the ring and fought Cro Cop."

Barry's favorite part of the fight came late in the first round when Filipovic, after being knocked down twice by Barry's right hand, smiled, noded his head and the two actually hugged right in the middle of the fight.

To Barry (5-2), Filipovic's gesture showed he had earned the MMA legend's respect.

"When he high-fived me and put his hands down and gave me that hug, that was him acknowledging my presence," Barry said. "That was him saying, 'Good job.'

"He put his hands down and acknowledged I was doing great. There's nothing better than that."

Barry's favorite moment also is the point at which many of those watching felt the fight began to change.

After knocking Filipovic down in the first four minutes, Barry took the worst of the exchanges from then on before eventually tapping to a rear-naked choke in the final round.

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White guessed that Barry's respect for his opponent ultimately might have cost him a win.

According to the fighter's camp however, the hug in the first round had nothing to do with Barry's struggles in the later rounds.

The fact he had shattered the bones in all of his weapons did, though.

"What people don't understand about Pat is, I've seen him eat Christmas dinner with a teammate and then try to break his leg," said Duke Roufus, Barry's trainer. "He's one of those dudes who can be smiling at you and then break you in half.

"He broke his hand in the first round. It's hard to do anything when your hand is shattered. Then he jacked up his foot. At the end of the fight, it was hard for him to defend that choke with a crushed hand. He did what he was supposed to do and he went out on his shield."

Although Barry says it was the experience of a lifetime, he admits he obviously would rather have walked away that night with a win and looks forward to bouncing back from his second loss in three fights.

Despite the extent of his injuries, Barry is hopeful it will take only 14 days of physical therapy once his cast comes off before he rejoins his teammates in the gym.

Until then, he'll likely continue reliving his last loss in the octagon — one that, for him, means as much as any win on his record.

"This was a lose-lose situation according to the world," Barry said. "If Cro Cop beat me, it's because I suck, and if I beat Cro Cop, it's because he's not in his prime anymore. That's what the majority of people were saying.

"In my eyes, just the fact I got offered this fight was a win. Just saying my name in the same sentence as his was a win. And the fact I was actually winning the fight before every part of my body fell off, is a win. I spent 14.5 minutes with 'Cro Cop.' Win or lose, that feeling will never be taken from me."

NEED MORE FIGHTERS LIKE HIM WITH THAT RESPECT AND REALLY EXUBERANT NATURE THAT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO WATCH MMA. THAT FIGHT PROBABLY GAVE EVERY MIRKO AND BARRY FAN A HUGE SMILE. ONE MINUTE THEY WERE HIGH FIVING AND THE OTHER MINUTE CHOPPING EACH OTHER WITH KICKS AND TRYING TO FINISH EACH OTHER OFF. GOTTA LOVE THE SPORTSMANSHIP...
 
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haha how can you not love Barry hes an amazing guy and he will be back stronger..
 

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That fight for me summed up alot about what MMA is all about. Its was tremendous.
 

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The Berry vs Cro Cop fight, was one of the most exciting standup wars I've seen. As far as heavyweight standup wars its definitely up there.

Its so rare you see two guys just willing to standup and blast each other for 3 full rounds, especially at the heavyweight level where every strike hits with baseball bat like force.

Obviously I cant really commend Berry for his strategic gameplanning, as he should have attempted some takedowns to keep Mirko honest (to which you hear Cro Cops corner tell him between 1st and 2nd round to unleash headkicks since he wasnt shooting at all).

I felt like that fight was a duel between two gunslingers, and we were just watching and waiting any second for that 1 lethal shot (KO).

And despite what Berry and other MMA fans may think, both Berry and Cro Cop were winners after that fight... I dont see it as lose-lose, both are still very legitimate fighters and Berry is only going to get much better as time goes on, and he develops his game beyond just striking.
 

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Im fan of both fighter and fight was win for both.

I really hope that Pat Barry will be even better next time. I want to see him in mix and fight top guys.

Very good interview. Thanks for find.
 

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Pat Barry seems to be one of the most likable characters in all of MMA.

Having said that, you've got to question his fight IQ since he apparently still NEVER trains in wrestling or submissions.

He needs to STOP working on his kickboxing and work on other aspects of his game.

Good luck, Pat.
 

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"What people don't understand about Pat is, I've seen him eat Christmas dinner with a teammate and then try to break his leg," said Duke Roufus, Barry's trainer. "He's one of those dudes who can be smiling at you and then break you in half.
i really like pat barry but after reading that he doesn't sound like the best person to be around/friends with? i really dislike people like that.
orr i just took it the wrong way.

anyway, i can't wait to see him fight again.
 

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I think I much be the only person who just thinks Barry is a bit of a dick, he just gave CC a bit to much respect in his last fight I thought, its like he was just there to bow down and worship him not fight him, ok not say you have to hate on the guy your fighting but at least go out there and compete so you dont end up with nothing more than an exhibition match like when Matt Hughes fought against Renzo Gracie.

But even looking past the CC fight, I still see Pat Barry as a bit of a dick and I hope he mends you out to get his ass kicked again, just seems to me that he has made his name in a real ***** way.
 

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i really like pat barry but after reading that he doesn't sound like the best person to be around/friends with? i really dislike people like that.
orr i just took it the wrong way.

anyway, i can't wait to see him fight again.
Think his coach was inferring to everybody pointing out that he let Mirko up intentionally because he respected him too much. Probably used that analogy to show that Pat is more than willing to take out a friend or foe in a fight although outside he's a genuine dude.

Pat later said that he knew Mirko was not hurt + in the latter round he broke his foot and hand.

To me this is refreshing from all the BS trash talking going around; Chael, Koschek, Hardy, BJ on GSP about roids, Rampage vs Rashad, Brock vs Carwin vs Mir vs everybody, etc...etc. Listening to all that garbage gives me headaches sometimes. Sometimes I just want a good old fashioned fight with no trash talking. Two consumate professionals trying to take their heads off then shake hands after with sincerity. Kinda like the Looney Tunes cartoon with the Sheep Dog and the Coyote...lolz!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYYiNi948V4
 

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I think I much be the only person who just thinks Barry is a bit of a dick, he just gave CC a bit to much respect in his last fight I thought, its like he was just there to bow down and worship him not fight him, ok not say you have to hate on the guy your fighting but at least go out there and compete so you dont end up with nothing more than an exhibition match like when Matt Hughes fought against Renzo Gracie.

But even looking past the CC fight, I still see Pat Barry as a bit of a dick and I hope he mends you out to get his ass kicked again, just seems to me that he has made his name in a real ***** way.

yeah well the jerk store called an they're running out of YOU!!....
 

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Pat Barry mends broken limbs, still on high from UFC 115
UFC heavyweight reflects on co-main event fight with Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic.

Jenelle Schneider / Vancouver Sun

Mirko Cro Cop defeats Patrick Barry by tap out at UFC 115 on Saturday at GM Place in Vancouver.
Nearly a month after getting in the octagon with one of his biggest idols, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry is still in awe that he actually fought Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.

If at any point the experience seems unreal to him, all he has to do is look down at his fractured hand and foot to prove it really happened.

The Milwaukee-based fighter still is on the mend from injuries he sustained in his June 13 submission loss to Filipovic at UFC 115. Just recently, doctors removed a protective boot from his broken right foot; however, his right hand still remains in a cast for the next 10 days.

Restricted from all athletic activity, Barry has spent his days glued to the television set, reliving the greatest moment of his young MMA career.

"I'm still high from the fight. I'm watching it over and over again," Barry said. "It was absolutely the most awesome experience ever. I got in the ring and fought Cro Cop."

Barry's favorite part of the fight came late in the first round when Filipovic, after being knocked down twice by Barry's right hand, smiled, noded his head and the two actually hugged right in the middle of the fight.

To Barry (5-2), Filipovic's gesture showed he had earned the MMA legend's respect.

"When he high-fived me and put his hands down and gave me that hug, that was him acknowledging my presence," Barry said. "That was him saying, 'Good job.'

"He put his hands down and acknowledged I was doing great. There's nothing better than that."

Barry's favorite moment also is the point at which many of those watching felt the fight began to change.

After knocking Filipovic down in the first four minutes, Barry took the worst of the exchanges from then on before eventually tapping to a rear-naked choke in the final round.

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White guessed that Barry's respect for his opponent ultimately might have cost him a win.

According to the fighter's camp however, the hug in the first round had nothing to do with Barry's struggles in the later rounds.

The fact he had shattered the bones in all of his weapons did, though.

"What people don't understand about Pat is, I've seen him eat Christmas dinner with a teammate and then try to break his leg," said Duke Roufus, Barry's trainer. "He's one of those dudes who can be smiling at you and then break you in half.

"He broke his hand in the first round. It's hard to do anything when your hand is shattered. Then he jacked up his foot. At the end of the fight, it was hard for him to defend that choke with a crushed hand. He did what he was supposed to do and he went out on his shield."

Although Barry says it was the experience of a lifetime, he admits he obviously would rather have walked away that night with a win and looks forward to bouncing back from his second loss in three fights.

Despite the extent of his injuries, Barry is hopeful it will take only 14 days of physical therapy once his cast comes off before he rejoins his teammates in the gym.

Until then, he'll likely continue reliving his last loss in the octagon — one that, for him, means as much as any win on his record.

"This was a lose-lose situation according to the world," Barry said. "If Cro Cop beat me, it's because I suck, and if I beat Cro Cop, it's because he's not in his prime anymore. That's what the majority of people were saying.

"In my eyes, just the fact I got offered this fight was a win. Just saying my name in the same sentence as his was a win. And the fact I was actually winning the fight before every part of my body fell off, is a win. I spent 14.5 minutes with 'Cro Cop.' Win or lose, that feeling will never be taken from me."

NEED MORE FIGHTERS LIKE HIM WITH THAT RESPECT AND REALLY EXUBERANT NATURE THAT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO WATCH MMA. THAT FIGHT PROBABLY GAVE EVERY MIRKO AND BARRY FAN A HUGE SMILE. ONE MINUTE THEY WERE HIGH FIVING AND THE OTHER MINUTE CHOPPING EACH OTHER WITH KICKS AND TRYING TO FINISH EACH OTHER OFF. GOTTA LOVE THE SPORTSMANSHIP...
Pat Barry went beyond sportsmanship, more on the lines of worshiping his idol and not being able to finish and win the fight after he demonstrated he knocked him down and out plenty. His 'sportsmanship' lost him the fight.

Great guy in interviews --- give props before the fight, after the fight - not in the middle.

It was more like bizarre respect for Cro Cop in the ring, he could have ended it in the first round - he needs to fight MMA to win, not ask guys if they are o.k. mid-fight - that's not what MMA's about.
 

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Think his coach was inferring to everybody pointing out that he let Mirko up intentionally because he respected him too much. Probably used that analogy to show that Pat is more than willing to take out a friend or foe in a fight although outside he's a genuine dude.
:thumbsup: ah yeah i understand now, excuse my extremely sleep deprived brain..
 

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I'm proud of Pat Barry, how often do you get to compete against your idol in a real competition? And actually come close to winning on top of that!

If Pat Barry had the heart to finish Crocop, he would have. I think he didn't rush to finish him because he'd feel devastated KOing him idol.

I don't think I could finish Rashad if I had the opportunity.
 

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If Pat Barry had the heart to finish Crocop, he would have. I think he didn't rush to finish him because he'd feel devastated KOing him idol.
if that's the case then pat barry needs to man up, or something. if i were in he's shoes i would of LOVED to KO my idol, it'd be an awesome feeling of accomplishment. seeing he's in awe of simply fighting cro cop, i wonder how ecstatic he'd be if he actually won the fight.

but i don't know, that's just me.
 

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Pat Barry is a cool dude. His admiration for Mirco actually makes me like him more, though I do acknowledge that his respect for Mirco could have arguably cost him the fight. Nonetheless, looking forward to more Pat Barry in the future.
 
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