“I was hitting [Kongo] and then all of a sudden I opened my eyes and I thought I won. That was the first thing out of my mouth was, ‘Yo, we got him.’ I also didn’t know I was lying on my back. I thought I was standing face-to-face with him. So when the doctor said, ‘Can you try to sit up for me?’ I looked at him like, how am I going to sit up when I’m already standing? That doesn’t even make sense. You’re the worst doctor in the world. You should be fired… I was like, this is what this feels like? First, I was having this little moment, almost like when you’re a kid and you finally get on that scary rollercoaster, like the Texas Giant that you’ve been avoiding for years and years. Then you finally get on and you realize it’s not that bad. Guess what, you don’t die when you get on it. … I got knocked out, but I’m still alive. I can get up, walk around, still function. I’m okay. It’s not as bad as I thought… Every fight, I can honestly say, a part of me has held back because of that fear. So it was kind of a relief. Like, it finally happened. Now I honestly can’t wait to get back into the next one and really go off on someone, because now I don’t have to worry about what it’s like anymore. I don’t have that fear of what’s going to happen, because now I already know.”
— Pat Barry telling MMA Fighting how the Cheick Kongo KO got him over the fear of getting knocked out
Not that I want to find out, but I always wondered what it’s like to get knocked out. Fighters always say they don’t remember it, which makes sense considering the organ that houses memory just crashed into their skull. I guess that means they don’t feel it either? Anyone have any first-hand insight?