According to his management team Suckerpunch Entertainment, Pat Barry has announced (through his manager Brian Butler) that he is taking an indefinitely leave from MMA. The UFC has granted his wish by releasing him from his contract. While Pat Barry has not ruled out a return to the sport, he sounds like he will be turning his focus back to his first combat sport, kickboxing.
Quote via Brain Butler:
After long discussions with our client Pat Barry over the recent weeks, he has come to the decision that he will be taking an indefinite leave from competing in MMA. The UFC and Zuffa have been very gracious in releasing him from his contract and Pat is very grateful for everything they have done for him and his career.
“Over the past few fights I’ve just had this sinking feeling in my stomach whenever I have stepped into the Octagon and I realize, I DONT WANT TO WRESTLE. Not saying I will never do MMA again, but right now I just want to hit people. MMA and the UFC have been great to me and I will always support the company and the sport. I want to thank all my fans, sponsors and haters for being with me on this journey and I look forward to what future holds.” – HD!
“Pat and I have talked about this for a while now and with recent changes in the landscape of combat sports, he wants to explore some options and try to get back to his roots. He’s going to take a little time to clear his head and then we will explore our options. We will keep you posted on things as they develop.” – Brian Butler
One of the all-around great guys in the sport, Pat Barry always put on an entertaining fight whether in a winning or losing effort, and has always displayed a great personality in the media. Barry leaves MMA with a record of 8-7 with 7 knockouts. Joining the UFC in 2008, fought in 12 fights with a 5-7 record in the organization with wins over Evensen, Hardonk, Beltran, Morecraft, and Del Rosario.
Prior to joining the UFC, Pat Barry had fought in kickboxing, amounting a record of 18-6-1 fighting most of his bouts in the former K-1 promotion.