Team Death Clutch is dead, Barry with MMAA

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The heavyweight team that assembled around Brock Lesnar formed when the former UFC heavyweight champion determined to build a facility that would make him a more complete mixed martial artist, while also keeping him close to his home in MInnesota.

Despite Lesnar’s Dec. 2011 exit from MMA, the team carried on with fighters like Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad and UFC heavyweight Pat Barry.

Then came the news that Konrad was going to walk away from fighting. That left Pat Barry as the last fighter standing alongside coach Marty Morgan, who soon bolted as well.

Barry had to find a new place to train, and while he’s found a team and a trainer, he’s back to once again being the only heavyweight in the room.

“Three years in Milwaukee (working with Duke Roufus) and I left. I up and moved here, brought everything here, to train with a team of nothing but big guys, and now they’re all gone. So once again, I’m the biggest guy in the gym,” Barry told UFC Tonight on Tuesday.

“No more Death Clutch; no more big guys. Now I’m full time at the Academy with Greg Nelson in Minneapolis. He’s phenomenal, great at everything. I was already a part of the Academy, but I was training with Marty and Cole and now that they’re gone, I’m full-time, 100-percent part of the Academy, Greg Nelson’s gym in Minneapolis,” said Barry.

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