UFC heavyweight striker Pat Barry recently fulfilled a dream of his by taking on one of his idols, MMA legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. “Cro Cop” and Barry met in the Octagon this past weekend at UFC 115: Liddell Vs. Franklin where Barry saw a strong finish give way to Filipovic’s determination; “Cro Cop” would survive two early knock downs to come back and tap Barry out with a rear naked choke in the third round. Barry was open with his admiration for Filipovic leading up the fight and made mention of the fact that he would like to take home his autograph after they fought. Instead of getting “Cro Cop’s” autograph, Barry (who sustained a broken hand and foot for his efforts) told Fighters Only magazine that he took home something much more valuable.
“I do have something better,” Barry said. “I’m going to have a scar on my hand for the rest of my life, and he’s texting me and calling me. He called me yesterday to see how I was doing. So I’ve got a broken hand, a broken foot, a big bruise on my forehead, and I’ve also got his home address and phone number,“ he said.”
A New Orleans native whose family experienced the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Barry appreciates the permanence of the scars that act as reminders of their bout.
“An autograph can be washed away if another hurricane comes, but this lump in my hand is going to be there forever,” he said.
Barry also told the UK MMA news source that, despite Filipovic’s well-earned reputation as a striker, he was not all that surprised that their fight ended on the ground.
“I was expecting a slugfest, but I wasn’t naive enough to believe that if ‘Cro Cop’ was to get in danger with the stand-up that he wouldn’t take it to the ground. It’s survival,” Barry said.
Many are criticizing Barry’s overt hero-worship of “Cro Cop” by saying that he took it too far; allowing the Croatian to get back to his feet twice in the first round after clearly hurting him and at one point hugging him in the middle of the fight are being seen as mistakes made that cost Barry the fight. Barry is unlikely to be in any immediate danger of getting cut from the UFC roster following this loss but with his UFC record now falling to 2-2, Barry cannot afford to let adoration get in the way of finishing any more fights. No word yet on how long Barry will be out due to the injuries he sustained or whom he will face when he returns.