New Orleans native Pat “HD” (Hype or Die) Barry came up short in the featured heavyweight UFC battle against Cheick Kongo in a nationally-televised bout on Versus Network.
The 6’4, 234-pound Kongo had a big height advantage but the 5’11, 243-pound Barry was the aggressor in what was an action-packed, see-saw affair.
Barry, a St. Augustine High School alum, landed 17 strikes to 12 for Kongo and landed several hard punches which staggered Kongo but Kongo caught Barry with two right hands that won the match for him.
The 32-year old Barry knocked Kongo down twice in the first round. It appeared that the referee may stop the fight as Barry punched on Kongo but Kongo survived.
Amazingly, the 36-year old Kongo seemed to virtually recover from the dead to score a pair of huge right hands which knocked Barry out late in the first round at the 2:39 mark.
While the fight was short in duration, the action was long on substance. With the defeat, Barry dropped to 6-3 in MMA action while Kongo improved to 16-6-2.