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Midnight Mania! ‘Dirty fighter’ Dean Barry accuses Mike Jackson of taking ‘the easy way out’ in DQ win

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UFC Fight Night: Barry v Jackson Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

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One of the stranger storylines last weekend revolved around the return of Mike Jackson, best known as the second man to defeat CM Punk inside the Octagon ... at least until a marijuana drug test failure overturned that victory. Regardless, that bout was widely slammed for being a miserable viewing experience (highlights if you dare), and few expected Jackson to ever return to the Octagon given his 0-1 (1) professional record.

Nearly four years later, Jackson made his third Octagon appearance vs. Dean Barry, an unheralded Irish fighter making his UFC debut. Barry was largely in control of the uneventful fight, but a number of fouls — notably a spinning kick to the cup and a bad eye poke — ended the contest.

The result? Mike Jackson’s first official UFC win in the form of a disqualification. Barry was unhappy with Jackson’s reaction to the eye poke, and he posted a since-deleted video on Twitter addressing the controversy.

“To be honest with you, I thought he took the easy way out there,” Barry said in a video (via MMAFighting). “Didn’t want to stay, didn’t want to continue fighting. Even when I kicked him low, he was talking on the ground to me for ages. Like, if you get hit in the nuts, you can’t be talking like that. Same with the eye poke. Straight after the ref called the fight off, he was fine. Both eyes open perfectly. He said he can’t open his eyes.

“Look, I’ll take the rematch in a heartbeat if they give it to me, or just let me go back down to my weight division and fight. I thought I showed enough out there. Sorry about that. ... It’s not a loss for me, I was destroying him and I got a DQ for an eye poke. What can you do?”

Understandably, Jackson was a bit miffed with Barry’s comments. Replying on Twitter, Jackson declared Barry a “dirty fighter” and told him off. Since Barry has deleted his Twitter account, however, it’s unclear if the message has made its way to Ireland!

What say you Maniacs, is Barry a dirty fighter or is Mike Jackson a quitter? Both? What will happen when/if Jackson fights again in four years?

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