Strikeforce officially announced the bout on Sunday.
Barry, a veteran of Chuck Norrisâ€™ World Combat League and a 2003 Kung-Fu World Championship silver medalist, has stopped all three of his opponents in the opening round including a Friday victory over Simon Diouf with a trio of leg kicks.
â€œI started off in kickboxing with the goal of being the worldâ€™s best kickboxer and, now, moving into MMA, I want to be the worldâ€™s best kickboxer in MMA,â€ said Barry. â€œMMA is turning into kickboxing in the cage, pretty much. Thatâ€™s just the way the sport has evolved.â€
Walker dropped his only recent MMA bout to Carpaccio Owens in early-2007 but has since secured K-1 victories over Gary Goodridge and Rickard Nordstrand.
â€œI like it a lot,â€ said Barry. â€œIâ€™ve been kickboxing for six or seven years, so this is something different. I like it because itâ€™s not easy and, if we want to train to be fighters, weâ€™ve got to be ready for any kind of fight, any time, on all different terrains.â€
Frank Trigg meets Falaniko Vitale in the “Payback” main event and Duane Ludwig takes on UFC veteran Sammy Morgan in the co-main event. Phil Baroni and Pete Spratt will also be in action in separate bouts at the October 3rd event.