Seemingly every day, Pat “HD” Barry increases his growing legion of fans. Add Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Brock Lesnar to the list. Barry recently told the panel of Cage Radio that both “Cro Cop” and Lesnar have invited the Roufusport fighter to train alongside them in preparation for bouts later this year.
On the most recent edition of Cage Radio, which is presented by USCombatSports.com, Barry informed co-hosts Phil Dawson and Chad Wuttke that training trips to Croatia and Minnesota are in his near future. And as always, the New Orleans native couldn’t be happier.
“I’m talking to Cro Cop. Brock Lesnar wants me to come and be his sparring partner. This is what,” said the joyful Barry. “You can’t write this man, this isn’t even a dream. This is just all around fabulous. I’m just going to keep riding with it, man, and keep screaming thank you out the window to somebody.”
Still with only seven professional MMA fights to his name, Barry has developed into a fan-favorite with his honest approach to interviews, his exciting fighting style, and his humble attitude. One person in particular that grew to respect and admire “HD” was his most recent opponent Mirko Filipovic.
Barry revealed in the interview that he, and the man whom he once had a poster of on his wall, have kept in constant contact with one another since their bout in June at UFC 115.
“Even Dana White said that Cro Cop is not your friend, you know what, I’ve spoken to that dude (Filipovic) like every other day since the fight. He’s called from Croatia to see what’s going on and how my healings coming.”
With the newfound friendship that has evolved from mutual complimentary interviews prior to the matchup, and several high fives and traded strikes during the fight, Barry has agreed to help Filipovic train for a rumored November bout.
“Something that is really cool and that no one really knows about, Cro Cop says he might fight again in November,” Barry unveiled. “And (Filipovic) says as soon as my hand is healed, he would like to fly me to Croatia for a month to come and be his sparring partner.
“He (Filipovic) said, you are faster than I am and you hit harder than I do, or something like that, but I could tell that when we grabbed each other, he’s like I could tell you weren’t very strong. Like you haven’t been wrestling with guys bigger than you or stronger than you…So I’ve got a lot of giant serial killer Croatian guys out here, that are wrestlers that I could throw at you…But I would really like you to come out here and be my sparring partner for my next fight.”
Along with the offer from “Cro Cop”, which Barry immediately accepted, the Roufusport heavyweight also announced that UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has approached him about helping him train for a much anticipated bout with Cain Velasquez.
“Brock Lesnar has asked for me to come and be his sparring partner for a month before he fights Cain Velasquez,” said Barry. “How cool is that…A month with the heavyweight champion of the universe Brock Lesnar, the biggest scariest dude on earth, and then a month with a legendary striker like Cro Cop.”
With the golden opportunities to improve his game with two of the most well-known and respected heavyweights to ever lace up the gloves, Barry has a chance to continually evolve different abilities and disciplines. But in all seriousness, the self-proclaimed “biggest MMA fan ever” has earned this chance to due his lifetime of hard work.
“These two guys have recognized and see something in me that they feel can help them get better, and that’s amazing,” said Barry. “I get to see what it’s like to be with the big guy, the heavyweight champ, and to train with Cro Cop, that’s cool man.”