Pat Barry Announces Release From UFC Contract
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.28.2014
And a leave from MMA...
MMA Junkie reports that Pat Barry has taken an indefinite leave from MMA and has been release from his UFC contract.
His manager, Brian Butler, said in a statement: 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
Barry had a record of 8-7 MMA, 5-7 UFC. He has been a fan favorite due to his personality and fighting style. He's defeated names like Joey Beltran, Christian Morecraft and Shane del Rosario during his five years with the UFC. Barry also lost two straight and three of his past four via first-round knockout. He also has an 18-6-1 pro kickboxing record.