Pat Barry Says Women's Fighting Makes For the Most Exciting Fights in MMA
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.22.2013
He's a fan...
Pat Barry recently spoke with MMAjunkie about the rise of women's MMA and more. Check out the highlights:
On his girlfriend, Invicta fighter Rose Namajunas: "I get to watch her invent punches and kicks and moves and when the game plan goes askew, how she can just invent a new route to take. I can't help but be a fan. It's really tough for me to sit there. I start crowd-surfing, eating popcorn, high-fiving people. It's exhausting."
On women's MMA gaining acceptance: "The crowd a few years ago, and even still now, when they see two guys hit the ground, they don't know what they're looking at," he said. "They want to see drunk dudes in a bar punching and slapping each other. Now we see women fighting, and people are like, 'That's bizarre. You're not supposed to be doing that. Aren't you supposed to be like loving and puppy and have a baby? You're not supposed to be hitting each other – and especially with the fury that you're bringing with it. You're not supposed to do that.' That's why it's still new, and it's catching on and it's picking up. But as of right now, the majority of the world isn't giving women fights a chance – just yet. Because it's not natural for them. Really, it's not natural for (men), either. Fighting is just strange. Ten, 12 years into this, I ask myself on a regular basis, 'What the f--- are you coing this for? This is just dumb.' But (women's MMA) is coming. It's growing."
On the skill in women's MMA: "I'll post this challenge to anyone. Go to a local show – not a big show – but go to a local show that's got 10, 12, 15 fights on the card and let it have one female fight on the card, and tell me that's not the most exciting fight of the night. And that's every time. You go to a local show, and whenever two ladies get in there and start fighting, the crowd goes crazy. They go absolutely insane."
On watching Namajunas fight: "I'm a complete wreck when it's me fighting, but I think my motherly instincts come out (when Namajunas fights). When one of your teammates or friends, or her, such a significant person, is locked in a cage with a bear, of course I want to get in there and do everything possible to protect her and keep her safe. But she's such a stud, I don't worry about her. That's probably the reason why I'm cornering her, but I'm sitting there talking to people in the crowd because I'm so confident in her ability and what she does. I don't have to pay much attention to it. She's a stud. That would be the best thing ever (if she got to the UFC). I can't wait till she starts taking over and I can go sit down and I don't have to do this anymore."