After seeing friend and former training partner Pat Barry suffer yet another knockout, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has seen enough. According to UFC president Dana White, Lesnar reached out to his former boss in an effort to convince Barry to call it a career.
"Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make [Barry] retire," White said during Saturday's media scrum. "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."
Teammates at the now defunct Team Death Clutch gym in Minnesota, Lesnar and Barry trained together through much of the former's brief UFC career. Once home to former Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad, Death Clutch was founded by Lesnar after leaving Greg Nelson's Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in 2008. Predicated on becoming a haven for heavyweight grapplers, the gym disbanded following the retirements of Lesnar and Konrad in 2012.
"It's different with guys like Forrest [Griffin] and Chuck [Liddell] guys that I have relationships with for a long time and guys who have made a lot of money," said White. "That's the difference. Forrest and Chuck are multimillionaires. It's easy to make them quit. A lot tougher to make a guy quit that has to make a living."
Barry had hoped a return to his first love of kickboxing would spur a career resurgence, but that plan took a sharp turn May 3 at GLORY 16. Making his promotional debut, Barry was hurt badly early on before an uppercut from Zack Mwekassa ended the fight.
"I don't want to hurt Pat Barry or throw a monkey wrench into his life or anything, but at the end of the day, it's the state athletic commissions that need to step in and help a guy like Pat Barry retire," White said. "Or people that care about him."
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I wanna thank all my sponsors. Thank you for believing in me!— Costas Philippou (@Philippou185UFC) May 11, 2014
Daron Cruickshank (@Cruickshank155) May 11, 2014
Ed Herman (@EdHermanufc) May 11, 2014
Hell of a night tonight. Wanted to dedicate this win to my Dad who passed away late last year, & Happy Mother's Day to my amazing Mom @ufc— Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) May 11, 2014
Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) May 11, 2014
Had an amazing time in the cage tonight! I felt like this was one of my most dominating performance so far. I ... http://t.co/CsR9L8TIol— Justin Salas (@justinsalasmma) May 11, 2014
Better luck next time.
Hey just wanted everybody to know im ok and sorry I let down my friends family and fans— Lorenz Larkin (@da_MONSOON) May 11, 2014
Can't wait to see my family. Gonna rest up and get back at it. Don't be bitter be better.— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) May 11, 2014
Didn't get the w! Looking forward to going home! #NewMexico— tim means (@MeansTim) May 11, 2014
I would just like to say thank you to everyone who supported me for this fight, my family, my team, me... http://t.co/FoHup1xQQ7— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIMMA) May 12, 2014
Sorry and Thank you for all the support guys, GOD bless us all... Desculpa e Obrigado por tudo galera, q Deus abencoe a todos nos...— rafael natal (@rafaelsaponatal) May 11, 2014
Darrell Montague (@DARRELLMONTAGUE) May 12, 2014
Just wanted to send a congrats to @JohnnyEduardoN on a great punch last night...congrats bud, I'll be back ;-)— Eddie Wineland (@EddieWineland) May 12, 2014
Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) May 11, 2014
Sorry about my performance last night I had a good https://t.co/N6tcIF30Ml— Ben 'Manimal' Wall (@BenWallMMA) May 11, 2014
So it's official I'm fighting Michael Chandler next Saturday on @BellatorMMA 120 on PPV. Let the hate and trolling begin lol— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 10, 2014
So it's official! I'll see everybody in Memphis and I'll be leaving with the belt anyway. Thanks to everyone for their support through this.— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) May 10, 2014
A star is born.
A few more reactions.
How are you @ufc main even with a 3:00 gas tank? What the Fuck people— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) May 11, 2014
Also... Matt Brown is not a human.— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) May 11, 2014
This stuff was stolen from my home. I hope this guys does right or jail. Someone is selling a bunch of your things. http://t.co/FeMMRoBTll"— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) May 11, 2014
For the moms.
Last year a neighborhood cat brought me half-eaten bird on Mother's Day...I can't wait to see what's in store for me today!— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) May 11, 2014
I dislike commercially driven holidays. That said, I expect to be given piles of new things today. Happy Mother's Day.— Peggy Morgan (@peggymorganmma) May 11, 2014
Brown hounding Dana for a title shot.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Justin Bouillon.
After Matt Brown's call for a title shot last night, I was left feeling like this should have been the fight to get him there.
This was the fight that should have brought Matt Brown the title shot, but the injury set him back not only a few months, but it seems now maybe a few fights as well.
His matchup against Silva was a tough test for a fighter returning from a layoff due to injury. But In the cage he seemed unaffected by the time off, and looked like an ever bigger animal than he already was. However, the matchup was a step back in the rankings relative to Condit's spot.
I know Tyron Woodley had a lot of hype entering the Carlos Condit fight, but unfortunately, that fight ended in what can only be described as a fluke. Yes Tyron, I know you took him down and his knee popped, but you are not going to have me believe you practiced new take downs that break knees at the gym. I see it as the equivalent of a KO due to a headbut, you may have hurt the guy with it, but are you going to be proud of an accident (à la Johnny Bedford)?
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