FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the new matchup after speaking with two separate sources close to the fight. Both sources stated that bout agreements have been signed.
Barry improved to 4-0 in his UFC debut this past December at UFC 92 following a first round TKO over Dan Evensen. Utilizing devastating low kicks that made him a K-1 standout, Barry forced a stop to the fight after Evensen could barely stand.
Trained by Duke Roufus and Eric Schafer, Barry was a two time U.S. Open San Shou champion before he ended up moving to Holland to train full time with four-time K-1 champion Ernesto Hoost in Amsterdam. After making his own successful career in K-1 and competing for a short time in Chuck Norris’ World Combat League, the 29-year old heavyweight hooked up with Roufus and Schafer and made the crossover into competitive MMA in May of 2008.
Hague is a three-year veteran who will making his UFC debut in spite of the fact that he signed a contract with EliteXC this past October. Possessing a mixed martial arts record of 9-1, the Edmonton native holds victories over notable names such as UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst, Ruben Villareal and Jared Kilkenny.
Hague’s sole professional loss came via split decision to Miodrag Petkovic at HCF: Destiny. However, he avenged the defeat in his most recent fight this past October courtesy of a unanimous decision at a Raw Combat event.
In addition to Barry vs. Hague, UFC 98 will reportedly be headlined by Brock Lesnar defending his UFC heavyweight title against interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Other reported matchups include Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes; Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar; Andre Gusmao vs. Houston Alexander; James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries; Phillipe Nover vs. Kyle Bradley; and George Roop vs. Dave Kaplan.
Editor’s Note: Tim Hague is pictured on the homepage.