There is more to continued employment with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) than just consistently winning cage fights.
Former number one welterweight contender, Dan Hardy, knows this fact better than anyone. "The Outlaw" still has a job with the promotion despite a four-fight losing skid. He hasn't won a fight since earning a unanimous decision over Mike Swick at UFC 105 in Nov. 2009.
But company president Dana White likes guys that WAR!!!, which means that as long as Hardy, or any other popular fighter for that matter, continues to deliver exciting performances and puts it all on the line that he will receive the benefit of the doubt.
And future fights.
After losing to Stefan Struve last night via submission at UFC on Versus 6, heavyweight Pat Barry is now in the midst of a two-fight losing skid. In fact, "HD" has only won three of his seven fights inside the Octagon.
For most fighters, it would likely mean a pink slip. But, Barry apparently isn't like most fighters, according to White:
"We like guys like that. Guys who are exciting and come out to fight. I don't know. Pat is a guy that we do like. He's one of the guys who always brings it.... I like the Arturo Gatti-type fighters. Guys who always bring it. And that's what this is about. When you're a fight fan you tune in to see fights. And I like guys who do it."
Barry, who is self-admittedly "morbidly obese," is among the division's smallest competitors (5'11"), even though he pushes its 265-pound weight limit. That essentially means the former K-1 kickboxer can rule out a move to light heavyweight anytime in the near future.
He did do well last night prior to the tapout. And he essentially knocked out Cheick Kongo twice in the first round of their fight at UFC on Versus 4 earlier this year before the Parisian recorded a come-from-behind Hail Mary knockout finish.
Nonetheless, it's clear that Barry has several holes in his game that he must address quickly if he intends on winning. Then again, as long as he makes fans stand up and cheer, win, lose or draw, maybe it doesn't really matter.