by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
A heavyweight match-up between Pat Barry and Antoni Hardonk is likely for UFC 104 in October, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
Sources close to the fight say both parties have agreed to the fight and bout agreements will be finalized it shortly.
Los Angeles’ Staples Center will play host to the Oct. 24 event, headlined by light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s first title defense, against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
A former Shan Shou standout, Barry fell short in his second UFC appearance against Tim Hague at UFC 98, losing by guillotine choke. It was his first loss in five MMA appearances since transitioning from kickboxing.
Known for his powerful stand-up, Barry chopped Swedish heavy Dan Evensen down with leg kicks in his UFC 92 debut. The New Orleans native currently trains in Milwaukee, Wis., alongside Duke Roufus and UFC regular Eric “Red” Schafer, among others.
Hardonk saw his three-fight win streak broken in his last appearance, against Cheick Kongo at UFC 97, bringing his UFC record to four wins and three losses.
The Dutch fighter recently made headlines for his role in averting a robbery at the Los Angeles Airport.
Barry and Hardonk once trained together under kickboxing great Ernesto Hoost in Holland.