Former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry to make GLORY kickboxing debut in May

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Pat Barry's GLORY kickboxing debut is set.

The former UFC heavyweight fighter will meet Zack Mwekassa in a heavyweight contender tournament reserve bout on May 3 at GLORY 16 in Broomfield, CO, the promotion announced Tuesday.

Barry left the UFC in January to pursue, once again, a career in kickboxing. He left kickboxing in 2007 with an 15-5-1 record and then moved over to MMA, where he went 8-7 as a pro and 5-7 inside the Octagon.

"Wrestling, doing jiu-jitsu for the sake of doing jiu-jitsu? It's great, especially with the gi on," he said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. "Especially with the gi on. It's fun, I enjoy it, I think it's great. It's great exercise. Everything. But when it comes to being in a fight, I've just never... na, no thank you, man. I want to stand there, I want to hit each other, and let's just see who's got the biggest nuts in the ring. That's what I wanted."

Before making his GLORY debut, Barry will make his official return to kickboxing at the World Kickboxing Association - Combat Sports Challenge 39 event in Richmond, Va., this Saturday against Ed Burris.

His opponent, Mwekassa, will also be making his promotional debut on May 3. He's 10-0 as a kickboxer and 14-4 as a boxer.

Below is a look at the entire main card, which will air live on Spike TV from the 1stBank Center.

Tournament Final Bout C: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Marc de Bonte
Tournament Reserve Bout: Pat Barry vs. Zack Mwekassa
Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Sergey Kharitonov
Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Ben Edwards vs. Errol Zimmerman

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