UFC heavyweight has hit some hard times. 3-2 in his last 5 and 6-4 overall, Barry hasn’t really impressed many in his past few bouts. In his most recent, Barry looked to overcome a significant height advantage as he battled Stefan Struve who surpasses Barry by a foot. Barry looked fine but failed to utilize leg kicks which surely would’ve cut Struve down to size. Barry was eventually caught in a cartoonish looking triangle and was forced to tap.
Prior to this loss, Barry fought French kickboxer Cheick Kongo in what many believe yielded one of the most exciting fights in UFC history. After Kongo was hit and dropped twice, going limp both times, Cheick threw up two vicious right hands that knock Barry unconscious in a big way.
Barry’s last win was against streaky heavyweight Joey Beltran in an absolute clinic of kicks put on by Barry. Next, Barry faces another oddly matched foe in Christian Morecraft. Morecraft is coming off a KO loss to Matt Mitrione and will look to rebound strong against Barry.
As for making a legitimate run at UFC gold, the heavyweight division isn’t the right place. There are too many fighters who are simply too big for Barry. All of these men are naturally bigger men and look proportionate come weigh in day. To put it into prospective, UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos is slated as being, on average, 239 pounds. However, with a 6’4” frame, Junior carries this weight tremendously well. He is never swollen looking and often looks like he weighs more than his opponents anyway. Barry will, by all appearances, be just a middle-of-the-road fighter who introduces new fighters to the sport by giving them a medial challenge to really test their octagon debuts.
With such an inconsistent streak in the arguably the UFC’s most unpredictable division, why would Barry stay at a weight class where his height negates his weight in that he will be ‘smaller’ than almost every other fighter in the division? Barry comes in each fight at a swollen 240 pounds. He could easily make a cut to 205 and end up shredded after the weight cut and by then he would only carry muscle. The devastating power he possesses in his legs would still remain and would only be accentuated by his lighter frame and increased explosiveness.
As for his ‘Achille’s heel’, the ground game, Barry would have a slight advantage in that he is used to tangling with enormous heavyweights. Barry has trained with Brock Lesnar and knows what a true heavyweight wrestler is capable of. Therefore, Barry should know where exactly he must improve because his standup can hold it’s own against anyone in the sport.
This article is written in the shadow of the result of Barry’s upcoming fight against Morecraft. Whichever way it ends up. Barry needs to strongly reconsider a drop in weight if he stands a chance at amassing a winning record and catching the eye’s of UFC executives. An exciting fighter is one thing, a successful fighter who is among every discussion about title shots is a another thing all together.