If there ever was a knock against Pat Barry, it lay in his grappling. Aside from his fluke KO loss to Cheick Kongo, the first trio of losses that Barry suffered inside the Octagon came by way of submission. Any commentary regarding his potential in the sport surrounded submission defense.
Apparently, Barry got the message. For the second time in 2012, Barry did a fantastic job of fending off submission attempts. Last night, however, was the most impressive he has ever been.
Opponent Shane del Rosario threatened with a rear-naked choke, armbar and omoplata in rapid succession, but Barry not only avoided them, but turned the tides to gain top position before the end of the first round.
At the start of the second round, it looked as if Del Rosario was going to be able to work the fight back to the ground and continue threatening from various positions, but as fate would have it, he didn't get the chance.
Twenty seconds into the round, Barry landed a wobbling hook that made Del Rosario wonder for a moment if fighting is what he wants to do with his life. Without any hesitation, Barry rushed in and landed a brutal combo that separated Del Rosario from consciousness.
It was a vintage performance from a fighter whom many had written off. Well done, Pat! Well done!