The UFC made history this year when they cancelled their first PPV since being purchased by Zuffa. After the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary, Pat Barry (8-5) said that he understood if the UFC decided to not move forward with The Ultimate 16 Finale, which was the day after the tragic shooting. Ultimately, the show went on.
“I remember I started getting messages from people,” said Barry on The MMA Hour. “Somebody tweeted the UFC should cancel the event in light of the incident. When I read that I went, ‘yeah, that would be cool.’”
After Barry won, he cut an emotional post-fight interview where he spoke about how he was going home and would hug his fiancee a little tighter. Barry admitted that he did not want to be blamed for a possible cancellation, and that the company needed to do what they thought was best.
Barry defeated Shane del Rosario (11-2) early in the second round after knocking him off his feet.