Rumors that the UFC offered Rampage Jackson and Randy Couture the opportunity to step in and fight Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 110 proved to be false. That doesn’t mean Anthony Perosh was their first choice though. They offered Pat Barry the fight first and he was more than willing to take it.
Heavyweight kickboxing specialist Pat Barry was one guy considered. On Wednesday, he was asked by his trainer Duke Roufus if he was interested.
“He asked me if I wanted to step up and take the fight,” Barry told Cagewriter. “I said absolutely. I told them I would fly in the day of the fight and fight him in my jeans.”
“Of course I’d love to have that fight. If I had more notice that would’ve been awesome,” said Barry. “I [expletive] wanted that fight so bad, bro. I told them ‘y’all don’t even have to pay me. Really! All you have to do is send me a plane ticket.’ Either way I win.”
“I haven’t trained in three months. I’ll fight the dude in my jeans,” Barry sounding like the WWE’s John Cena or Uncle Elmer. “I would’ve fought him while I’m fat.”
Unfortunately, Barry was unable to obtain a work visa in time and couldn’t make it, so the UFC had to go with a local fighter. Still, Cro Cop vs. Barry would be a badass fight. If Cro Cop manages to keep it together, it’s a fight I hope the UFC makes in the future.