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The Mid-Fight Conversation Between Pat Barry and 'Cro Cop' You Didn't Hear

Pat Barry could tell right away that he had a problem. He'd just floored his idol, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, for the second time in the first round of their UFC 115 bout with a beautiful right hand that landed flush on the Croatian's skull, and he knew immediately that he'd broken his hand in the process.

"The world couldn't see it because the camera wasn't close enough to my face, but as soon as I broke my hand – that was the second punch I landed that knocked him down – as soon as it happened, my lip was starting to tremble, and for two reasons. One, it hurt terribly. And two, I honestly thought that was going to be the end of my career. I never would have guessed that it was only one broken bone. I felt like all the bones in my hand were, like, entirely disintegrated."

The injured hand was a problem, Barry knew, but it wasn't the end of the world. He'd come into the fight with a game plan that hinged on two main weapons: his right hand and his right foot. At least he still had one. At least he could still kick his way to a victory even if his hand was shattered.

You know how this story goes. It's like that scene in a comedy movie where a beleaguered character remarks to himself that hey, at least it's not raining. Cue the thunder and lightning, the sudden angry downpour. Or, in Barry's case, the fractured foot.

"After the hand broke I panicked for a little bit, then I pulled myself together, thinking, it's just a hand, you've got other weapons," Barry said. "Then I threw a kick and broke my foot, and then I panicked. Complete, oh-sh*t-I-don't-know-what-to-do panic. I don't know how I got through the next two rounds. Honestly, it was like I could hear the clock slow down. Those rounds went from five minutes to about a half-hour each."



Part of how he got through, he said, was by putting his sense of humor to work for him. After the first, when he came back to his corner and told his coach that his two main weapons were now non-operational, the only advice he got was to get on his bicycle and try to score some points and survive for the next two rounds.

"I said, 'Excuse me? Did you not hear what I said? I got nothing.' So we started laughing about it, and that's what sort of enabled me to get back up for round two."

Barry managed to get off the stool for the second frame, but he was a fraction of the fighter he'd been in the first. He tried to talk himself into throwing the right hand. He kept seeing the openings for it, and it was tough to resist. He told himself to stop being a baby. How horribly could it hurt, anyway?

So he threw it. Bad idea.

"I almost screamed," Barry said. "I'm not manly enough to say that didn't hurt. It hurt a lot. I mean, a lot."

It didn't take "Cro Cop" long to notice the change that had come over his opponent. One minute he'd been knocked flat on his backside by a right hand from Barry, then it was as if Barry had decided to completely abandon the weapon that had been working so well, and Filipovic didn't know why. Rather than guess at the reason, he went straight to the source.

"We were on the ground in the second and he was on top of me punching me and he asked me what was wrong," said Barry. "He said, 'What's wrong with you? Why'd you stop fighting?' I told him, 'I broke my hand,' and he was like, 'Bullsh*t.' I said, 'No sir. My hand is broken. That hand is gone.'"

The way Barry saw it, there wasn't any point in lying to his opponent about it. Even if Filipovic knew that the right hand was no longer a factor, he'd still have to worry about the left. And besides, what were the chances that he'd really take Barry's word for it? He might as well tell the guy the truth, he reasoned.

Barry made it to the third round that night before finally being overwhelmed by a late surge from "Cro Cop." A sharp punch combo in the final minute dropped him, and a few seconds later Filipovic slapped on a rear naked choke that Barry, with his broken claw of a right hand, was unable to defend.

After the fight Barry took all sorts of criticism for letting his hero off the hook. People said he was too pleased with his own performance too early. They said he should have been trying to finish "Cro Cop" instead of high-fiving him. Some even said he didn't really want to beat his idol.

"Of course you always hear different questions and assumptions. Some people are like, 'I hope you got paid a lot to throw the fight,' which is just absurd. Then there's others saying, 'You were scared of beating your idol,' or the one that bugs me the most, 'You were showing him too much respect.' What does that mean? Does it mean, I got in the ring and respected his abilities in the fight? I don't know. How can you have too much respect for 'Cro Cop'? He's 'Cro Cop'!"

Now Barry's right hand is out of the cast six weeks early, thanks to what he sees as his Wolverine-like mutant healing ability. He still doesn't use the hand, though. Not even to brush his teeth or start his car.

To help the healing process along, he sings to his injured hand. "Rosanna" by the band Toto works best, he said, although "Africa" will do in a pinch.

It's hard for him not to feel frustrated by being so close to putting away his idol only to get injured and see the chance of a lifetime slip away, but he's trying to stay positive. It helps to remember the moment he would later be criticized for, when both he and "Cro Cop" paused to high-five one another and smile in appreciation of each other. That's something you don't forget, he said, even if you didn't come out on the winning end that particular night.

"How cool is it that 'Cro Cop' gave me a high-five twice in the first round? To me, that was an acknowledgement of my presence, an acknowledgement from him that, hey, you did show up to fight and you deserve to be in this cage. That's what I took from it. That means a lot."
http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/07/...ersation-between-pat-barry-and-cro-cop-you-d/

Makes you really amazed that he kept fighting and that Rich kept fighting later that night. I like Pat Barry and it's nice to know that this was all going on and he kept fighting and isn't just too nice a guy to fight in a cage haha.
 

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I am well on my way to becoming a die hard Pat Barry fan. I knew during that second round something was wrong (like most people), but I never guessed it was too much respect. This scenario made sense the moment I heard it.

I think Pat can be a force to be reckoned with, but regarless of his awesome personality and incredible striking game, there are some serious wrestlers at HW... and he HAS TO IMPROVE HIS GROUND GAME AND/OR TDD.
 

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Got to love Barry, and he'd probably have taken the fight if it wasn't for the broken bones. Can't see him ever being too successful though, he's too one dimensional. Some fun fights to be had but never going to compete at the top unless he develops a solid ground game.
 

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Love me some Pat Barry! Still think he needs more killer instinct, think he could have finished Cro Cop in the first but he'll get better and better and not many have chins like Cro cop so I think Pat will be top 10 sooner rather than later.
 

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Thanks for posting, I enjoyed the read.

I'm a fan of both Barry and Cro Cop and it was interesting to hear Cro Cop ask him what was wrong in the second (while punching him in the head LOL - oh cage fighters are hilarious).

I wish Barry a speedy recovery, and hope we get to see Cro Cop fight again.
 

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Love this guy.
He probably should have won the fight, hadn't he broken the hand. He was dominating in the first.
May you recover quickly and be back soon, you have a new fan rooting for ya!
 

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No Pat Barry thread is complete without a GIF of him dancing:

I got a blue question mark, but I can see it in my head, and IT'S WONDROUS.

Pat Barry is a tough mofo, quirky and smart without being a douche, which is a f*cking breath of fresh air with all the Chael chatter lately.
 

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WAR BARRY!

Gotta love this guy. I hope he will show some HL material in future!
 

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The countdown show before the CroCop fight endeared Barry to me in a way that can never be broken. The love transcends his fighting ability now. I couldn't care less if he turns up for his next fight with a feather duster. He rocks. He always will.
 

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Cool interview and awesome find dude, repped. Ever since watching the countdown for his fight with CC, I got hooked on this guy - he's so genuine and so easy to relate to, very cool guy.
 

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a lesser man wouldnt of came out for the 2nd round and would of just accepted defeat due to injury and came out of the fight looking like the much better fighter and theres nothing wrong with IMO. But Pat has so much respect for Crocop he didnt want to do that to him, he took defeat like a man and kept on fighting.
 
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