Heavyweight Pat Barry entered the Octagon this past Friday night with a few new tricks up his sleeve in the form of an improved ground game. Not only did Barry work his way out of having opponent Christian Morecraft on top of him in full mount but also escaped an Armbar attempt that in past days would have likely marked the bout’s conclusion.

Barry spoke about his win at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller at the post-event press conference where he credited his teammates with helping him hone his craft on the ground but also made it clear that, as nice as his newly acquired taste for submission-grappling may be, he’ll always remain true to himself when it comes to throwing leather.

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“If you can become accustomed to having (Bellator champion) Cole Konrad trying to pull your arm off or Brock Lesnar trying to squeeze your head off, then you tend to stay a little bit more calm and relaxed, whereas before, as soon as you grabbed my forearm, I just started tapping everything,” Barry explained of his Deathclutch teammates. “I’ve definitely grown. My ground game is not as garbage as the world thinks.”

Regarding his ability to render his adversaries into puddles of good, Barry has no illusions about the areas he excels in and feels he has the ability to one day become champion no matter how unlikely it may seem to some.

“If I punch you in the head you’re gonna fall down. It’s gonna happen,” said Barry candidly before continuing, “Can a guy of my size be a title-holder? Absolutely. Frankie Edgar, supposedly, from what I hear, he’s really small for his weight class and the dude’s a stud.”

Check out the rest of what Barry had to say, as well as the evening's other combatants, in the video below:


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