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Pat Barry: Cro Cop hasn't fallen off -- everyone else has gotten that much better


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"Cro Cop, since the beginning of my career, has been one of my top five favorite and most dangerous fighters of all time. Just the fact that I get to test myself against him, one of my idols, obviously I must be doing something right to be given this opportunity. I'm just gonna swing for the fences and see what happens. My brother and I used to sit around watching him in K-1 saying 'I hope I never have to fight this guy, ever.' He's the same Cro Cop. He's as deadly as he ever was. The only difference is, instead of him falling off, everyone else has had no choice but to get that much better."

Pat Barry talks about facing his idol, Mirko Filipovic, when the two kickboxers meet inside the Octagon at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver. The stocky New Orleans native made some noise in his Zuffa debut at UFC 92 when he creamed Dan Evenson into a TKO stoppage via punishing leg kicks. Though he slipped up against Tim Hague a few months later, he returned to form with a TKO win over former training partner Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104. He's obviously got hype for his showdown with Cro Cop, but can he get the win too? And do you agree with his assessment of the former PRIDE star?

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