Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Pat Barry said goodbye to mixed martial arts (MMA) earlier this year after getting taken down and pounded out by Soa Palelei last December in Australia. While he didn't want to completely part ways with combat sports, "HD" had seen enough of the ground game.
It was time to come back home.
Barry was quick to sign with GLORY World Series, the globe's premiere kickboxing organization. But his debut fight at GLORY 16: "Denver" ended in much the same way as his last fight inside the Octagon, with the stocky striker flat on his back, looking up at the lights (GIF).
That's when former UFC champ Brock Lesnar called UFC President Dana White (via FOX Sports):
"Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make him retire. He said 'I don't consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend, Dana you've got to get this guy to retire'. I said listen he's a grown man, Brock. What am I going to do, there's only so much I can do. It's different with guys like Forrest (Griffin) and Chuck (Liddell) guys that I have relationships with for a long time and guys who have made a lot of money. That's the difference. It's easy to make them quit. Lot tougher to make a guy quit that has to make a living. I don't want to hurt Pat Barry or throw a monkey wrench in his life or anything, but at the end of the day, state athletic commissions that need to step in and help a guy like Pat Barry retire or people that care about him."
Barry may no longer work for ZUFFA, but White remains an influential voice in the fight game.
Whether or not he can convince Barry to hang up the gloves remains to be seen. As White alluded to earlier, it's difficult to talk someone out of fighting when that's how they put food on the table. And I'm sure GLORY is still hoping to make a return on its investment before letting him ride off into the sunset.