When you think of UFC heavyweight fighter Pat Barry, quite a few things can come to mind.
On the first day he stepped foot in the UFC Octagon, he was already a dangerous striker with deadly kicks that looked like they could chop down a tree.
Following his first win in the UFC, however, Barry let his emotions out about what it meant for him to even be able to fight and receive the opportunity in the world’s biggest MMA organization.
Through interviews and press conferences, Barry’s personality showed through more and more and he became one of the most well liked and popular athletes in the UFC.
From stripping down to his underwear during the UFC Fighter Summit earlier this year, to his always colorful and often hilarious comments, Barry’s star power seems to transcend fighting.
Of course his main goal is still to go out there and win fights and entertain fans with his lightning quick kicks and devastating punches, but that doesn’t mean his personality can’t show through as well.
It’s for that reason that Barry’s manager, Brian Butler of Suckerpunch Entertainment, believes that the former K-1 kickboxer has a very bright future ahead of him, inside and outside of fighting.
As a matter of fact, he looks at Barry similar to WWE superstar turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“Pat is one of those guys that has the character and charisma to have a career after fighting in movies and stuff. I kind of see him as The Rock of the UFC,” Butler stated.
“He’s just very comfortable with himself and with people and in front of the camera. He’s just a funny guy; he’s a great guy.”
Barry’s personality really is just how he is in everyday life. It’s hard to forget his recent karaoke car performance of the Mamas and the Papas classic “California Dreaming” alongside friend and former opponent Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Whether in interviews or just talking to fans, Barry’s talent is more than just being able to kick an opponent’s head off with his foot.
Much like The Rock, Barry’s path to stardom comes with many talents.
When Johnson came to the WWE several years ago, he was just a tremendous athlete, a former football player from the University of Miami, who was descended from professional wrestling greatness. As time went on, however, Johnson showcased his true skills in and out of the ring. One of the most popular stars to ever perform in the WWE, every time Johnson picked up the microphone, fans went crazy.
Now, MMA is obviously not professional wrestling, nor should there be any confusion about that, but Barry’s personality and persona are very similar to what Johnson started building during his time with the WWE.
An athletic big man with no fear in the cage, when Barry gets a microphone in front of his face, he’s not afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind and it’s usually something people are going to want to listen to.
Plus, if movie producers are looking at Barry for a role, he has an extra talent as well.
“Not only that, but Pat can do his own stunts,” Butler joked. “Have you ever seen anybody that big be that athletic? It’s crazy how athletic he is. He had his start in gymnastics, so I guess that’s why, but he’s a talented guy all around.”
During Johnson’s time with the WWE, he also took on the moniker “The People’s Champ” and if there’s one definitive similarity he shares with Barry, it’s that.
A fan favorite win, lose, or draw; Barry always has fans behind him, so he may truly be The People’s Champ of the UFC.
While it’s doubtful that you’ll see Barry grab the mic away from Bruce Buffer before his next fight and shout “if you smell what Pat Barry is cooking,” he will definitely have a career waiting for him whenever he decides to dip his big toe into the waters outside of fighting, and there will surely be interested parties ready to listen.