WWE star Brock Lesnar contacted Dana White to try to convince Pat Barry to retire from kickboxing after a recent first-round knockout loss.
WWE star Brock Lesnar is trying to convince Pat Barry to retire from kickboxing.
According to Fox Sports' Damon Martin, Barry's loss last weekend was his fourth by knockout in the last two years -- a trend which prompted Lesnar to take action:
"Pat Barry may no longer be a UFC fighter, but he still remains a popular figure in the realm of combat sports. Following his semi-retirement from mixed martial arts, Barry went back to the sport of kickboxing, where he first made his start before transitioning to the UFC.
"Unfortunately, Barry was brutalized in a fight in Denver, CO last weekend, which marked the fourth time he's been knocked out in less than two years' time.
"The violent nature with which Barry gets knocked out might be the most concering factor in potential head trauma that he's suffered over the last few years.
"His latest knockout loss was so hard to watch that a former training partner and friend of Barry's called UFC president Dana White asking him to beg the Louisiana native to call it a career."
White told Lesnar the decision to retire from kickboxing is ultimately Barry's to make, per Martin.
"Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make him retire. He said, 'I don't consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend. Dana, you've got to get this guy to retire.'
"I said, 'Listen, he's a grown man, Brock. What am I going to do, there's only so much I can do.'"
White also stressed to Lesnar it would be easier to make Barry retire had he been in the situation of Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, who made a lot of money in the ring, according to MMA Weekly (via Yahoo! Sports).
"It's different with guys like Forrest (Griffin) and Chuck (Liddell), guys that I've had relationships with for a long time. Guys who have made a lot of money.
"That's the difference. You look at guys like Forrest. Forrest and Chuck are multimillionaires. It's easy to make them quit.
"It's a lot tougher to make a guy quit that has to make a living. I don't want to hurt Pat Barry or throw a monkey wrench in his life or anything, but at the end of the day, the state athletic commission is gonna need to step in and help a guy like Pat Barry retire...or people that care about him."
Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole wrote about his sentiments on Barry's situation in his May 6 article:
"Barry, the charismatic and frequently hilarious former UFC star, was knocked out Saturday in a Glory kickboxing event. It was the third consecutive knockout loss for Barry, following two defeats by TKO in the UFC.
"Barry left the UFC because he was a kickboxer and tired for trying to learn wrestling and grappling and those things that make one a successful MMA fighter.
"Barry was knocked out in three of his last four MMA fights and now in a kickboxing event. He's so fearless and aggressive and eager to please -- to score a devastating KO himself -- that he leaves himself vulnerable and regularly has been knocked silly.
"This isn't good for his long-term health, clearly. No fighting sport is 'safe,' and there is considerable risk invovled. But part of the appeal of the sport, both for the spectators and, in a lot of cases, the competitors, is seeing them deal with that risk."
Barry has amassed a 16-6-1 kicboxing record with 10 knockouts.
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