A heavyweight bout with dynamite written all over it has been added to the Jan. 22 UFC Fight for the Troops 2, as Pat Barry makes his return to action against Joey Beltran.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Thursday, with verbal agreements in place from both fighters.
Pat Barry (5-2) comes back in January after a lengthy layoff from his last fight in June against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. The former K-1 fighter suffered a broken hand and broken foot in the fight. Barry went to Minnesota prior to October to help former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar get ready for his bout against Cain Velasquez, but now he’ll get back to his own fight camp to prepare for a 2011 return.
Known for his devastating power, Barry will look to get back on track after a loss to Cro Cop in June, and will be aiming for another big knockout.
Stepping in to oppose Barry will be fellow heavy hitter Joey Beltran (12-4), who hopes to bounce back from a loss of his own in his last fight with Matt Mitrione in September.
Prior to that loss, Beltran had gone 2-0 in the UFC with solid wins in both. The California based fighter will try to avoid two losses in a row when he faces Barry in January.
There’s been no official word if the bout between Barry and Beltran will make the televised broadcast, but with fireworks almost guaranteed between the two heavyweights it seems like a lock to make the UFC Fight for the Troops 2 main card.