After a run of three knockout losses in his last four, Pat ‘Hype or Die’ Barry made the announcement that he would be taking a break from mixed martial arts, and the UFC, in order to venture back over to kickboxing. Winning his comeback fight via second round knockout and announcing that he signed with top promotion Glory, the future looked a lot less bleaker than in the UFC for the 34 year old.
However, in his Glory debut on Saturday night against the lighter-and-taller Zack Mwekassa, Barry suffered a brutal first round knockout. He started the fight confidently, finding his range well in the early going and doing a good job mixing up knees and opening up. This ultimately proved to be his downfall, however, after leaving openings for Mwekassa to exploit, and he did so in brutal fashion.
After knocking Barry down and a subsequent 8 count which HD responded to, Mwekassa went in for the kill and landed a devastated uppercut that knocked Barry out stiff. The American was unconscious by that one well-timed blow, and the fight was called off at just 2:33 into the first round.
The loss takes Pat Barry’s kickboxing record to 16-6-1, with four losses in his last six. In under two years, Barry has suffered four brutal knockouts in MMA and kickboxing combined, with many fans feeling now may be the time for Barry to step away from combat competition. The GIF of the knockout blow, provided by Fansided’s Zombie Prophet, can be seen below.