Brock Lesnar Called Dana White and Begged Him to Help Convince Pat Barry to Retire

May 11, 2014
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Brock LesnarAfter retiring from mixed martial arts, former UFC fighter Pat Barry returned to his kickboxing roots to fight for the Glory World Series.

But now, following a devastating first-round knockout loss, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is calling in the big guns to try and get his friend, Pat Barry, to retire from fighting, period.

“Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make (Pat Barry) retire,” said Dana White in a scrum with the media following Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati.

Anyone that knows much about Lesnar realizes that this is not an insignificant request. Lesnar isn’t the type of individual to go around making this type of request or even to consider many individuals a close enough friend to feel the need to do so.

“He said, ‘I don’t consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend. Dana, you got to get this guy to retire,'” White continued.

“I said, ‘Listen, he’s a grown man Brock. What am I gonna do?’ It’s different with guys like Forrest (Griffin) and Chuck (Liddell), guys that I’ve had relationships with for a long time. Guys who have made a lot of money. That’s the difference. You look at guys like Forrest. Forrest and Chuck are multimillionaires. It’s easy to make them quit.

“It’s a lot tougher to make a guy quit that has to make a living. I don’t want to hurt Pat Barry or throw a monkey wrench in his life or anything, but at the end of the day, the state athletic commission is gonna need to step in and help a guy like Pat Barry retire… or people that care about him.”

Barry hasn’t suffered a lot of knockout losses in his kickboxing career. Prior to his knockout loss at Glory 16 on May 3, it has been nearly seven years since his last such loss in a kickboxing ring.

He has, however, suffered many more knockout losses in mixed martial arts. In the five years he fought for the UFC, Barry was knocked out or TKO’d four times. All four of those knockout losses occurred within a two-and-half-year span where Barry lost four out of his six fights, including his final fight in the Octagon in December of 2013.

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  • Seth

    Well, good thing for him to retire. I loved to watch him fight, but how many of those can you take? We lost one of the most entertaining HWs to watch – but at least a well being of a great man was saved. Wish him nothing but the best!

  • JAYSiN

    I find it hilarious Brock retiring from MMA after only 8 fights. He was doing really well until he ran into Cain Velasquez fists more than a dozen times. Then one more loss after that and calls it quits.

    • Seth

      He was doing great, but no way that at his age he could get his game up to the current level. He is great wrestler, but wouldn’t be able to compete with better strikers. Good to call to quit it after a fight with then-top HW, instead of letting other guys trash him on his way down.

    • Advance*

      Brock had other opportunities to make a lot of money. I’m sure a lot of people would retire early if they could just go to another “sport” and make millions there too.

    • michaelchimique

      You fail to mention the diverticulitis.
      Brock came in and faced the best and won more than he lost. I think that speaks for itself. This isn’t even about brock. Its about pat barry.

      • The milkman

        He also failed to point out brock started mma in the new era in his thirties. Also he made his fortune well before he started mma and only did it for the competition.

    • Mark McDowall

      Your right…him having surgery to remove over a foot of his intestine had nothing to do with him retiring. If Brock’s body could have handled the weight cuts and everything that MMA asks of it…I think he would still be in there today.

    • Zachymo

      It was deff time for Lesnar to retire. He last fight was a loss against a hyped up Heavy weight that will never be a tittle contender in the likes of Mir and Nelson. Nelson, hes an exciting fighter, makes fights fun to watch. But we all know hes a gate keeper for the top HW fighters. Lesnar would get beat up by the top 5 HW.

  • brad king

    i think brock can recapture the heavy weight championship of the world. Wonder if a comeback is in order soon?

    • Dragon Kid

      He’s skills are too one sided. He’d get eaten alive by guys like Cain, JDS, Barnett, Overeem, Hunt etc and he has a glass jaw.