Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was without doubt one of the UFC's biggest stars. When he swapped professional wrestling for MMA, he made a huge impact, winning the UFC title in just his fourth pro fight.
He has not been seen inside the Octagon since December 2011 when he was finished by Alistair Overeem in the first round.
However this has not stopped him from remaining close friends with UFC President Dana White. Recently, he has been in contact with White. Don't get your hopes up Lesnar fans, as he is not close to a return, especially after re-signing to the WWE and ending The Undertaker's legendary Wrestlemania streak.
Lesnar has in fact expressed concern for one of his former training partners. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion owned Deathclutch Gym, a training facility built by Lesnar for Lesnar. Their he trained at home, bringing in specialist Heavyweight training partners.
One of those was former UFC Heavyweight Pat Barry. He was drafted in to help Lesnar tune up for fights due to his superb kickboxing background. They developed a close relationship during their time together.
Since the WWE star's retirement, Barry has lost three fights in the UFC by T/KO and recently one by brutal KO during a kickboxing bout. This has concerned Lesnar big time and he has most recently contacted Dana White to try and get Barry to retire.
On the matter after UFC Fight Night: Brown vs Silva, White said:
"Brock Lesnar called me and begged me to make (Pat Barry) retire. (Brock) said, ‘I don't consider too many people my friend, and I consider Pat Barry a friend. Dana, you got to get this guy to retire.
"I said, ‘Listen, he's a grown man Brock. What am I gonna do?' It's different with guys like Forrest (Griffin) and Chuck (Liddell), guys that I've had relationships with for a long time. Guys who have made a lot of money.
"That's the difference. You look at guys like Forrest. Forrest and Chuck are multimillionaires. It's easy to make them quit.
"It's a lot tougher to make a guy quit that has to make a living. I don't want to hurt Pat Barry or throw a monkey wrench in his life or anything, but at the end of the day, the state athletic commission is gonna need to step in and help a guy like Pat Barry retire, or people that care about him."
Lesnar's concerns are extremely just. At Glory 16 kickboxing, Barry was brutally knocked out. Although he is only 34, Barry has been in fighting since his first amateur kickboxing match in 2003. The years of punishment have clearly taken their tole.
Barry could seriously look into the coaching role of MMA. If he was good enough for Brock Lesnar to hand pick him for a training partner, he is good enough to coach. Duanne Ludwig had limited success in the UFC, being a mid card fighter; however since going into coaching he's been a miracle. Ludwig worked with Team Alpha Male and has transformed fighters such as Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and TJ Dillashaw, who is now fighting for the UFC Bantamweight title.
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