If UFC heavyweight Pat Barry wasn’t working Saturday night he’d definitely be tuning in to watch UFC on FOX 3. Of course, the affable Barry will be busy serving as one of the four featured fights on the FOX broadcast in a bout against fellow knockout artist Lavar Johnson.
Not only is the card full of intriguing match-ups but Barry-Johnson seems destined for a devastating finish. Barry has finished six of the seven opponents he’s beaten with strikes while Johnson has fourteen TKOs in sixteen total victories. Given their propensity for putting opponents away violently Barry knows it’s no mistake he and Johnson have gotten the rub of a network television slot and plans to deliver on their investment of faith in him to do so.
“The UFC is really strategic about what fights they place where and at what time. And I think it’s a really great chess move to throw me on the cards that they do and position me where I’m at. It’s really great timing and the fight with Lavar and I is an ideal match,” said Barry in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I’m still a fan, and this is the kind of fight that I want to see – two guys that come in there that are finishers and don’t go the distance; two guys that stand and bang and are always looking for knockouts. We’re not distance fighters.”
However, while Barry may prefer to brawl he’s also eyeing the possibility of picking up a submission win. As fans may remember, Barry showed up to his last fight – a pasting of Christian Morecraft – with a new hairdo and the promise of letting it go until he tapped his first opponent out inside the Octagon.
“I’m always going to be expected to stand there and strike, but if the right opportunity is there, this isn’t kickboxing anymore, it’s MMA. So will I do it? Yeah, absolutely,” admitted Barry of a attempting a submission or two. “If I don’t have to I won’t, and of course I would like to stand there and trade blows until one of us gives up. But if the timing is right and I see the right window for it, will I go for it? Absolutely.”
“The hair is still not cut,” he playfully added. “The sides are getting cut, but the top is still growing. I’m getting closer and closer to Kid n’ Play.”
Fans can catch Barry-Johnson battle it out until one falls when the main card broadcast starts this Saturday night on FOX at 8:00 PM EST. Prelims will be shown on Fuel TV firing up three hours earlier.
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