May 23 marks the second showing for UFC heavyweight newcomer Patrick “HD” Barry. When SuckerPunch first declared that Barry would be the best and most athletic striker in the division before his debut at UFC 92 in December, the claim was met with little enthusiasm. But after his devastating TKO victory over Dan Evensen (due to leg kicks), fast-forward five months, and Barry has generated a buzz that has the media and fans eagerly anticipating his next fight.
“I am so excited to be in the UFC, and it’s so important for me to represent where I came from, to use this opportunity to be a positive influence on anyone that I can reach,” said Barry. “The best part in all this for me is going home to New Orleans and seeing how proud I have made the people that have supported me all these years. It’s my goal to continue to make them proud and represent NOLA to the fullest!”
Barry’s child-like enthusiasm for his opportunity to again perform in the UFC is infectious! But “HD” has eyes towards the future, after the final bell of his career. When he is done with fighting, Barry wants to get into motivational speaking, or become involved in some form of mentoring program. Not the typical tune that comes from someone who gets paid to beat people up. “To me it’s a sport… I have never gone into a fight angry or hating my opponent,” Barry said. But make no mistake, Barry is primed and ready to explode on the UFC’s heavyweight division. “All I know about the guy I’m fighting on the 23rd is that he looks like a brawler and that’s fine with me, let’s do it! I can’t wait!”
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