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Pat Barry leaves MMA to pursue standup striking opportunities

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According to a Jan. 28 report from Bloody Elbow, hard-hitting knockout artist Pat "HD" Barry (15-5-1) has taken an indefinite leave from MMA competition to pursue standup striking opportunities.

Barry, 34, initially found success in combat sports from K-1 kickboxing, and it seems like he's interested in going back to his roots.

Barry says he is hanging up the MMA gloves because he doesn't want to wrestle anymore. As most fight fans know, wrestling is a key discipline in the MMA game.

"After long discussions with our client Pat Barry over the recent weeks, he has come to the decision that he will be taking an indefinite leave from competing in MMA," Barry's agent, Brian Butler, said. "The UFC and Zuffa have been very gracious in releasing him from his contract and Pat is very grateful for everything they have done for him and his career."

Barry explained that he could go back to MMA someday, but for now he's looking into fights that don't involve wrestling.

"Over the past few fights I've just had this sinking feeling in my stomach whenever I have stepped into the Octagon and I realize, I don't want to wrestle," Barry said. "Not saying I will never do MMA again, but right now I just want to hit people. MMA and the UFC have been great to me and I will always support the company and the sport. I want to thank all my fans, sponsors and haters for being with me on this journey and I look forward to what future holds."

Butler hinted that Barry could head back to the kickboxing world, where he found some success in the mid-2000s.

"Pat and I have talked about this for a while now and with recent changes in the landscape of combat sports, he wants to explore some options and try to get back to his roots," Butler explained. "He's going to take a little time to clear his head and then we will explore our options. We will keep you posted on things as they develop."

Barry was knocked out in three of his past four fights, so it might be in his best interests to get back to a place where he found some of his greatest success.

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