Pat Barry was in trouble once again when Christian Morecraft landed on top of him in the first round of their Jan. 20 matchup at UFC on FX.
Three of Barry’s four losses have come via submission. Against Morecraft, though, he defended a choke and an armbar attempt before escaping back to his feet. Standing, Barry then dropped Morecraft with a left hook and finished him with punches on the ground.
“The fight didn’t go down completely the way that we wanted it to, but in the end it turned out great,” Barry told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “… Was I able to show some submission defense that the world needed to see me do? Absolutely, definitely, but I wasn’t supposed to be on the ground anyway. That’s my fault.”
Barry had planned on stopping Morecraft’s takedowns and forcing a standup fight, where the veteran kickboxer held a significant advantage. Less than a minute into the bout, though, he wound up on his back. His wrestling coach, Marty Morgan, mentioned that fact afterward.
“Marty and I, we talked about it in the locker room,” Barry said. “‘Hey, great fight, great defense. You stayed in control. You stayed poised, but your takedown defense was terrible. We’ve got to go straight back to the drawing board right now.’ I wasn’t supposed to hit the ground. Once I hit the ground, did I stay controlled and do the right thing? Yes. But was my stopping him from taking me down effective? No.”
Barry’s takedown defense needs work, but he showed other improvements. At one point he locked on his own guillotine choke. He didn’t finish it, but the attempt was surprising to see nonetheless.
“I’m definitely capable of submitting people,” Barry said. “I am capable of it. I know the world is like, ‘You suck. You’ve got no ground game at all. You suck and you’re too small,’ but I’m absolutely capable of submitting people. … One day, we’ll get a Pat Barry submission. One day. You almost got it [against Morecraft]. As soon as my back hit the cage and I locked up the guillotine, I kind of, for a split second, forgot I was fighting and started celebrating. Did you see that look on my face?”
Barry guaranteed more surprises are to come. He credits his training at DeathClutch in Minnesota, the gym that’s home to Brock Lesnar and Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad.
“I moved to a gym that’s filled with giant wrestlers who all do jiu-jitsu, and they’re all bigger and stronger than I am,” he said. “That’s what I did. I went somewhere to embrace my weakness.”
And one day, you may even see him turn a weakness like wrestling into a strength. In fact, he says you can expect a takedown from him in the future.
“Big things are coming,” he said. “You’re going to see a Pat Barry double-leg. It’s going to be the most ridiculous thing ever. The first day I shoot in on somebody, pick them up, slam them on the ground, I’m just going to get up and say, ‘Thank you very much. I’m done,’ and walk out.”
Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:08:05).