After nearly a seven year hiatus, MMA and Spike veteran Pat "HD" Barry has announced his return to kickboxing on May 3rd in Denver, Colorado at Glory 16.
Barry hails from Eastern New Orleans, and began his career as a Chinese martial artist at the age of 21 while pursuing a sociology degree from the University of New Orleans. Barry went on to compete in over 50 amateur bouts, and took the silver medal in the World Wushu Championships in Macau in 2003.
Eager for a new challenge, he transitioned into the world of professional MMA fighting in 2008 and returned to famed coach Duke Roufus. As a professional mixed martial artist, Barry combined his knowledge of Chinese martial artistry with his powerful striking game to defeat his opponents. Spike viewers will likely remember some of his notable victories over Antoni Hardonk with a TKO in October of 2009, and Joey Beltran in January 2011.
These days, with his career coming full circle, Barry is eager to prove his prowess and growth as an competitor in the "Glory" ring. Calling himself "a completely different athlete from the one who left the sport in 2007," Barry credits his time as an MMA striker with making him a more dangerous kickboxer.
Be sure to watch Pat Barry's Glory debut May 3 at 9/8c live on Spike.