There has been plenty of MMA fighters come out and say they will not face friends or training partners inside the cage.
Do not count Matt Mitrione or Pat Barry among them, but only as long as the UFC is willing to up the ante.
Mitrione and Barry grew from training partners to close friends, as the two found out they share many of the same interests and characteristics.
And, while both remain locked in upcoming fights, the possibility that they could square off against one another has not been overlooked.
“Pat and I really sincerely enjoy our positions,” Mitrione said. in an interview with TapouT’s Virtual Training Center for CagePotato.com. “We understand that it’s a job, it’s a very, very tough boat. You get in, you earn your money or you get your ass cut and we understand that so we both respect the grind, we respect the sport, but I feel that as a result of that we enjoy it.”
“Meathead” and “HD” developed their friendship while training together at Roufusport.
“Yeah, sure I would absolutely fight Pat. Pat and I have talked about it before, but the money needs to be right. I’m not going to fight Pat – who’s a very, very good friend of mine – I’m not going to fight him for normal money,” said Mitrione, who is slated to meet Cheick Kongo at UFC 137. “If they want that fight to happen then they’re going to have to pay that fight out. Pat knows that, Pat agrees the exact same way.”
Mitrione will have a chance to avenge Barry’s last loss when he meets Kongo, as Kongo knocked Barry out in a memorable slugfest back in June.
Barry will take on Stevan Struve at UFC on Versus 6 in October.
“If Pat and I ever scrap it’s going to be worth our time. It’s going to be worth everybody else’s time because we’re going to get in there and try to hurt each other. We’re going to do it,” Mitrione said. “We’re going to stand up, earn our money. I’m going to try to submit Pat or put my chin across his forehead and he’s going to do the exact same thing to me.”