White: Lesnar begged me to convince Pat Barry to retire
One of a fighter's greatest attributes can be toughness and heart, but at a point in a fighter's career toughness and heart isn't enough to stop them from being knocked out or hurt.
Pat Barry ended his UFC career with three losses in four fights, all by KO or TKO and then transitioned back to kickboxing where he recently lost by KO.
Barry himself said he would like to continue to fight, but friend and former UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar would prefer Barry retire:
“Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make him retire,” White said. “He said, ‘I don’t consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend. Dana, you’ve got to get this guy to retire.’”
“I said, ‘Listen, he’s a grown man, Brock. He’s a grown man. What am I going to do? There’s only so much I can do,” he said.