Pat Barry Says The Risk Is Worth It When It Comes To Leg Kicks
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.29.2014
Even if you could break a leg...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Pat Barry said that even though there is a risk of breaking your leg by throwing kicks, it's worth it when you win. He won three of his eight MMA wins by leg kicks. FightMetric reports he had an 83% success rate with leg kicks in his UFC run, landing 78 of his 94 kicks. He will have a kickboxing fight this Saturday at GLORY 16 in a heavyweight tournament reserve fight. He faces Zach Mwekassa at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. It will air on Spike TV.
On knowing the risk of leg kicks: "I think about it all the time. I'm a very conscious fighter. I think about it always – all the time. Every time I throw a kick. Every time my foot comes off the ground, if it lands I'm going to win, if they block it I'm going to lose. It's a fact. I don't hold anything back, I just let them go."
On what would happen if he breaks his leg: "If it happens, it happens. Everyone is evolving, getting better at offense and getting better at defense. Are people getting better at blocking low kicks? Yes. But, as time goes on and the sport evolves and everyone gets better, our bodies also get more worn out, more frail, more torn to pieces. Tyron is one of the hardest kickers on the planet and he's been doing it his entire life. He's had many kicks blocked; he's had many kicks not blocked. I've had fights where I kicked guys in the leg and they didn't block it at all, it hit only the thigh or the hamstring and my leg was swelled up by the time the fight was over. It's just wear and tear on the body, and eventually the body is going to give out."
On if the risk is worth it: "The risk is worth the reward. It's a dangerous thing to do sometimes. Fighting, period, is dangerous. It's kind of strange – you throw the kick and your leg breaks, and everyone goes crazy. But if you throw a punch and you break your hand, nobody cares."