Pat Barry Happy to Face Carwin, Hunt, Struve or Whoever the UFC Sees Fit

By Damon Martin

Coming off a win over Joey Beltran in January, striker extraordinaire Pat Barry is ready to step back into the Octagon and he’s just waiting on a call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

There are a few interesting match-ups on Barry’s mind that would make sense and would be fun fights for the former K-1 kickboxer.

While by no means is Barry calling anyone out, he does admit that a fight with 6’11″ Dutch fighter Stefan Struve would be interesting. Especially since he stands at 5’11″.

“Personally, I think it would be cool to fight Stefan Struve. The tallest heavyweight versus the shortest heavyweight. I think that would be cool,” Barry said recently.

Barry has never been a fighter known to call any other fighter out, and instead opting to go with the philosophy of facing whoever the UFC puts in front of him. A fight against Struve is no different, but it would test his flexibility for sure.

Do I really want to fight him? Naw, I just think I can high kick him,” Barry said about a potential match-up with Struve.

 

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CB Dollaway Looks to Move From Prospect to Contender

By Damon Martin

Being called a prospect in the sport of MMA is a compliment by most standards. Being called a contender is even better.

That’s the distinction C.B. Dollaway is looking for as he steps into the cage with Mark Munoz at UFC on Versus 3 on Thursday night in Louisville, Ky.

The one-time “Ultimate Fighter” finalist, who now has more fights in the UFC than he did in his entire fighting career before that show started, is ready to take that next step in his career.

“Getting the co-main event, it’s my first one, so it’s a big opportunity for me, and hopefully go out there and perform like I know I can,” Dollaway told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

Now that he has a full-time gym of his own to train at, Power MMA and Fitness in Arizona, Dollaway has found stability for the first time in a couple of years. His training has hit new heights and, while he admits he is still probably at least a year away from feeling like he’s hit his peak, Dollaway is ready to start that path on Thursday night.

 

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Martin Kampmann: “I Want To Get Back to Knocking People Out”

By Damon Martin

Through 11 fights in the UFC, Martin Kampmann has picked up a lot of victories a lot of different ways, but now he’s ready to try out a new one.

As he trained for his fight against Diego Sanchez in the main event of UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky., this week, Kampmann learned a valuable lesson from his last fight that he wants to carry into this one.

Kampmann lost a razor close decision to current top contender Jake Shields last year. He blames himself for the outcome, and promises it will never happen again.

“I did a lot of mistakes in that fight. I think I could of won it, and it was basically giving it away, through my mistakes. I was trying to hard to submit him and I should have just stuck to punching him in the face instead,” Kampmann told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

 

 

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Paul Daley Out To Prove He Belongs in the Big Show, Despite Past Mistakes

By Damon Martin

Famed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said ‘All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.’

British fighter Paul Daley is ready to become a wise man.

It’s a harsh lesson that Paul Daley had to learn after the incident at UFC 113 last year, in which he suckerpunched Josh Koscheck after their fight and was subsequently bounced from the promotion.

Since that time, Daley has gone on to sign with Strikeforce and this week fights for the BAMMA welterweight title in his home country of England. Still, Daley feels the brunt of that mistake to this day, but he’s hoping to move past it with more electrifying performances and with the knowledge that he learned something from his wrong doing.

He also admits that it’s hard to keep the fan base growing when every time his name comes up, that incident gets mentioned as well.

 

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Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao In The Works for UFC 128

By Damon Martin

Two pieces of puzzle fall out and Joe Silva puts it all back together again.

Just days after Erik Koch and Raphael Assuncao lost opponents, it appears the UFC is putting the featherweights together for a bout on the UFC 128 undercard instead.

While no bout agreements have been issued for the fight, sources indicated to MMAWeekly.com that both Koch and Assuncao have been approached about the fight, and have at least agreed verbally to meet on March 19 at UFC 128.

Koch (11-1) was originally scheduled to face Cub Swanson at UFC on Versus 3 next week in Louisville, KY, but a late injury to Swanson forced him off the card.

 

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Jorge Rivera, “The Campaign on Bisping Worked, Now I Need to Put Him Away”

By Damon Martin

To say that Jorge Rivera has slightly gotten under the skin of Michael Bisping prior to their fight at UFC 127 might be like saying Charlie Sheen has had just a couple of issues recently.

The Massachusetts based fighter made a series of videos prior to leaving for Australia, panning Bisping in every way from his fighting style to his interviews to the fact that a lot of fans simply don’t like him. With hundreds of thousands of views on the videos, and everyone talking about them, Rivera has gotten the desired effect.

He got Bisping so riled up he finally lashed out at the UFC 127 pre-fight press conference, and then got in Rivera’s face during their photo op staredown, cursing and throwing threats his way as well.

Rivera kept a quiet demeanor the whole time, but admits the motive behind the videos has paid off.

“I’m not coming into the cage to hug you to death. I’m coming in there to fight you. So I’m going to lay it on the line, you want to take the fight, take the fight. If not, don’t, and he did,” Rivera told MMAWeekly Radio.

 

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Gegard Mousasi vs. Roger Gracie In Talks for April 9 Strikeforce Card

By Damon Martin

While the April 9 Strikeforce fight card is still up in the air in many ways, fighters are being contacted about appearing on the show.

The latest fight in talks for the card pits former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi against multiple time grappling champion Roger Gracie.

While no bout agreements have been issued, sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that the fighters have at least verbally agreed to the match-up at this point.

Mousasi had been rumored to face Mike Kyle in a light heavyweight bout, but as of right now that fight has been taken off the table.

For his part, Mousasi would return to Strikeforce for the first time since losing the title to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal last April. Since that time, Mousasi won two fights in Dream and a K-1 rules match in Japan late last year.

 

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