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5/9/12 12:52 PM
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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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5/9/12 12:57 PM
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Probably wouldn't be a bad idea. Spend a year just wrestling and grappling
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Make him fight Mark Hunt. Phone Post
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I guess Schaub needs a year off, as well. Phone Post
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Maybe a few fights outside the UFC and come back!! Phone Post
5/9/12 1:01 PM
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Although it sucks thinking about not seeing barry fight for a year it is prolly best if he takes a year off.

He couldnt taKe a year off training altogether because it would prolly take an addition year to get back into shape. He does need to take it easy tho.


Focus on his ground game .

If he took a year to just compete in bjj tournys by the time he comes back he wod be a beast Phone Post
5/9/12 1:02 PM
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It's his brain/life he can make those decisions on his own.

Millions of people choose to give themselves cancer everyday for far less thrills/ money Phone Post
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Sofa King Cool - Make him fight Mark Hunt. Phone Post
2 legit 2 quit lol Phone Post
5/9/12 1:03 PM
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Don't tell me the man is still gonna be in the UFC after all these consecutive losses?!?! Phone Post
5/9/12 1:04 PM
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agreed
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5/9/12 1:04 PM
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If he can afford it he absolutely should. He should travel around, and work with different bjj/catch guys. He should compete in nogi grappling tourneys, and also diet down to 205. I think he could be a contender if he did. Phone Post
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Absolutely he does. He also should consider moving to LHW. He is a pretty small man for HW these days.

He has taken so much punishment it's almost sad to watch. You cheer for the guy, think he is winning, and BOOM gets KO'd. He should take time off to rest up. He doesn't want to be 40 and develop brain issues
5/9/12 1:07 PM
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xtrordinaire - Don't tell me the man is still gonna be in the UFC after all these consecutive losses?!?! <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


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5/9/12 1:07 PM
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....and evzey wins the award for first person to post without reading the article!

Anyhow, Pat and fighters in his position probably should be subject to a year long medical suspension or rest period. Getting hit in the head to the point where you get knocked unconscious causes significant brain trauma that goes undiagnosed since there aren't scanning techniques to show the depth of damage.
5/9/12 1:21 PM
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disbeliever - Absolutely he does. He also should consider moving to LHW. He is a pretty small man for HW these days.

He has taken so much punishment it's almost sad to watch. You cheer for the guy, think he is winning, and BOOM gets KO'd. He should take time off to rest up. He doesn't want to be 40 and develop brain issues

I think I agree with this. Despite Barry being way better technically, Johnson was just too big and smashed him against the fence.
5/9/12 1:21 PM
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We should make a petition to him do it....id hate to see such another talented guy wind up like Gary goodridge, (no offense to goodridge we just saw what too much brain trauma can do)

I'd be nice to see him stay healthy and know he respects that, but it sure is hard to keep them southern boys down! Phone Post
5/9/12 1:34 PM
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robbie380 - ....and evzey wins the award for first person to post without reading the article!

Anyhow, Pat and fighters in his position probably should be subject to a year long medical suspension or rest period. Getting hit in the head to the point where you get knocked unconscious causes significant brain trauma that goes undiagnosed since there aren't scanning techniques to show the depth of damage.
Guilty as charged was just looking through quickly on my phone during my lunch break! Still think he should get some more MMA experience under his belt in the lower leagues tho Phone Post
5/9/12 1:36 PM
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Has the commission come out with the suspensions? As a fan im hoping they give him at least 6 months but i agree with the article he needs at least a year off
5/9/12 1:37 PM
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He is one of the great personalities in MMA. I'd like to see him spend a year grappling as well, and bring a more refined game to the Octagon. I wouldn't even mind if he got a little boring, I don't want him sounding like Chuck in 5 years.
5/9/12 1:39 PM
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If someone could put up a replay of the last series of punches by Levar on Barry.

NOt just a one punch KO, he took a number of unanswered shots and might have been somewhat out on his feet taking more big punches until his legs gave out. Could potentially be more damage from the multiple shots .
5/9/12 2:08 PM
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High Def looked more like 56K in this fight. I cant believe he just stood there absorbing shots, didnt move an inch.
5/9/12 2:13 PM
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multiple concussions can result is poor decision making.
5/9/12 2:14 PM
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multiple concussions can result in poor decision making.

Edit never works for me.
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He needs to take some time off and get down to LHW.  And before the "Pat Barry can't get to LHW" comments, Vemola debuted at 225 in the UFC and debuted at 185 this past weekend.
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robbie380 - ....and evzey wins the award for first person to post without reading the article!
Guilty as charged was just looking through quickly on my phone during my lunch break! Still think he should get some more MMA experience under his belt in the lower leagues tho Phone Post

 Ha!!  STILL didn't read.

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