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White: Brock Lesnar Begged Me To Make Pat Barry To Retire

Andrew Ravens

Pat Barry

Even though Brock Lesnar looks like a Viking from the stone ages, if you are his friend, then he cares. Former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar called UFC President Dana White and begged him to talk Pat Barry into retirement.

“Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make (Pat Barry) retire,” said Dana White in a scrum with the media following Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati.

White went on to say, “He said, ‘I don’t consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend. Dana, you got to get this guy to retire,’” White continued.

Barry is 8–7 in his MMA career and he lost his last two MMA fights, Shawn Jordan knocked him out and then Soa Palelei knocked him out in his last MMA fight. He then asked for his release, which was granted.

“I said, ‘Listen, he’s a grown man Brock. What am I gonna do?’ 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.

Liddell retired in 2010 and Griffin retired in 2013.

“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.”

Barry lost to Zack Mwekassa last Saturday night at Glory 16: Denver – Heavyweight Contendership Tournament via first Rd KO.


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