“I think that my striking ability is what helped me to get better, to do well in MMA,” UFC heavyweight Pat Barry said on MMAWeekly Radio. “My striking ability is what helped me grow and helped me do the things I was capable of doing in MMA. At the same time, training in MMA has made my striking 10 times better. By doing two-and-a-half years of wrestling, jiu-jitsu and just MMA striking, I’m confident that I’m a much better kickboxer now than I was when I was just kickboxing.”
“For anyone to think that a kickboxer cannot make the transition over to MMA is ridiculous.”
“For anyone to think that an MMA guy cannot make the transition over into kickboxing is ridiculous. Anybody can do anything nowadays."
When reflecting on Overeem and his success in both sports, Barry talked about the Dutch fighter and how he is an unstoppable force.
“The dude is a monster. That’s what I think. Not only is he humongous, he’s extremely experienced. That’s what makes him the most dangerous. Not just the size, but he has so much experience in MMA and in kickboxing, and he’s a Dutch trained kickboxer. I was in Amsterdam for five years. I know what the Dutch train like out there. The dude is a monster. I don’t know how anyone is going to stop him any time soon.
“He doesn’t seem to get tired. All he needs to do is hit you one time. He’s fast, he’s athletic, and he’s strong as hell. He’s everything you need all in one body.”
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