UFC heavyweight Pat Barry has always been the kind of man who wears his heart on his sleeve. Whether cracking jokes or tearfully emoting, the fan-favorite speaks openly and honestly as he did last weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale shortly after stopping Shane Del Rosario with strikes in the second round of their exciting effort.
Barry broke down during his post-fight interview, referring to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut as a reminder of how precious life is and the importance of love towards one another. When he was done, there weren’t many dry eyes in the house (or on their couches at home), and even Joe Rogan got in on things by giving Barry a big hug.
The 33-year old Barry recently offered some insight into his mindset during the sequence of events in an interview with The MMA Hour where the impact of last week’s horror remained on Barry’s mind.
“I wanted to just get home. I didn’t want to be there,” said Barry, saying he would have been on board with the idea of the UFC cancelling the show based on his overwhelming desire to get on a plane and fly home to be with his family.
“It took my mind off the fight, so I didn’t have the ‘get an ulcer-anxiety-stress’ towards the fight all day because I didn’t have it on my mind,” Barry added of the distraction, seeing a slim silver-lining in the situation.
However Barry was affected, clearly he channeled the emotion by picking up yet another devastating finish. It’s an outcome he hopes to keep repeating for years to come, joking that any opponent the UFC offers will be seen as “a bad match-up” but, “As long as it’s human, I’ll be up for the task.”
Barry’s victory speech can be found at the two-minute mark of the following clip:
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