Should Pat Barry take a year off?

by Dr. Johnny Benjamin | source:

Dr. Johnny Benjamin@DrJCBenjamin
Pat Barry took a lot of huge shots and gets KO'd. 2-4 in last 6. 2 KO losses in last 12 months. His brain needs mandatory 1 yr rest.

I think particular fighters need to take a year off from contact due to the amount of head trauma they've recently received. A perfect example is UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, who has experienced two spectacular KO losses since June 2011. (This is not intended to be disrespectful toward him in any way.)

The year off would provide an opportunity for his brain to heal without the continued insult of smaller (sub-concussive) blows that are a routine part of MMA training.

A year is roughly the average amount of time nervous tissue needs to heal; after 12 months – for better or worse – it is what it is.

During 2011 there were roughly 260 fights and 76 KO/TKOs sustained.

The average win percentage of UFC fighters prior to them experiencing a KO/TKO was roughly 63 percent. The (very likely post-concussion) fighters who have gone on to fight again within one year have seen their win rate plummet to approximately 44 percent.

I understand you want to get back in there as quickly as possible, but if you're not likely to perform well, then what's the point? Who needs another L?

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Dr. Johnny Benjamin is's medical columnist and consultant and a noted combat-sports specialist. He is also a member of the Association of Boxing Commissions' MMA Medical Subcommittee. Dr. Benjamin writes an "Ask the Doc" column approximately every two weeks for To submit a question for a future column, email him at askthedoc [AT] You can find Dr. Benjamin online at, and you can read his other sports-related articles at

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rampageforpresident site profile image  

5/10/12 11:34 PM by rampageforpresident

Take a year off every time you get ko'ed. But, that is asking a guy who has bills to pay to not make money for a year. I understand why they always "get right back in there," but I think a vacation would be prudent after a concussion of that magnitude.

myjawhurts site profile image  

5/10/12 7:45 AM by myjawhurts

If he can afford it then why not?

swany site profile image  

5/10/12 7:24 AM by swany

A year off would do him the world of good , drop to lh. , work on ground game , and with such a long lay off his hunger will increase and it could be the jump start his career needs

k1levelstriking site profile image  

5/9/12 9:11 PM by k1levelstriking

You rang?

mnbvcxzchewy site profile image  

5/9/12 8:58 PM by mnbvcxzchewy

Mid West Champion of the World

Stainypoo site profile image  

5/9/12 8:50 PM by Stainypoo

A Year off slow healthy dieting to get to 205 (not a strict one just slowly getting down) and working on his groundgame could do him better than maybe getting cut and fighting those hw's.

RKing85 site profile image  

5/9/12 8:30 PM by RKing85

I think he could go get some easy wins in the midwest scene without getting hit too much.

Mattefrost site profile image  

5/9/12 8:26 PM by Mattefrost

Man, I'd hate to not watch him for a whole year but it'd break my heart to see Barry turn into a mentally defunct just to see him fight more. Hope he takes time off and comes back better then ever.

UGCTT croy_00 site profile image  

5/9/12 7:54 PM by UGCTT croy_00

I would love to see Pat rest up, and come back to ass kickery. I think Struve is another one who should do the same.I would love to see the UFC instill a 6 month policy after receiving a devastating KO. I mean, look at Lauzon and Etim. I know they have to get paid, but it would be nice if they could get paid a decent wage while on rest leave.

Bartholomew P Skibbenheims III site profile image  

5/9/12 7:50 PM by Bartholomew P Skibbenheims III

Should he for his health? Probably.Should he for his wallet? Probably not.