Fans whose only experience with heavyweight Shane del Rosario came in his UFC debut likely have little good to say about the 11-1 Californian after he suffered a second round TKO loss to Stipe Miocic this past May. However, prior to the stumble Del Rosario has shown incredible potential, scoring stoppages in all of his wins including a trio of victories under the Strikeforce banner.
“If you didn’t know anything about Shane and you just watched the way he fights, you would think he was this young cat who fights at 145 pounds. He’s very nimble, very light on his feet. He’s got not-so-traditional striking, he’s flashy. He’s the kind of a guy who can make a move, you blink, and then you get hit with something you don’t see coming,” assessed Barry of his adversary in an interview with the UFC’s website. “Besides that, his jiu-jitsu is really, really up-to-date. It’s not your traditional move my knee here, put my knee here, put body pressure here jiu-jitsu. He’s got the kind of jiu-jitsu that he’s going to end up submitting you with something you can’t name.”
“He’s extremely well-rounded everywhere. He’s what MMA fighters are nowadays,” Barry explained before essentially labeling himself as an underdog. “He’s not coming in one-sided like myself. I’m a dominant striker and everyone in the world knows that my ground game would be my weakness. He’s coming in more complete.”
Barry and Del Rosario are set to battle it out on the main card of Saturday night’s FX-bound broadcast. Like his foe, Barry is coming off a loss and can’t afford another with a 4-5 record inside the Octagon.
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