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Although the fight was stopped in the second round, it was a long--and I do mean long--night for Pat Barry last night at UFC on Versus 6.  Barry's opponent, 6'11 "Skyscraper" Stefan Struve, was very effective in using his height and reach advantage against the 5'11 "Single Story House."  Barry did a decent job of trying to work his way inside, but was unable to land any big shots.  When the fight went to the ground in the second round, Struve threw up his loooong legs over Barry's head to secure a triangle.  Barry then tried a Quinton "Rampage" Jackson-style slam, but Struve broke his fall and the triangle wound up even tighter, forcing a tap from Pat.  The above pic is an artist's rendering of how Barry must have felt in the fight.

With the win, Strive improved his MMA record to 22-5, while Barry drops to 6-4.  In an interesting trivia note, Jon "Bones" Jones, who was in attendance last night, has 2 inches of reach on Struve, despite being a half a foot shorter.  If and when Bones moves up to HW, a match against Struve should be high on the UFC matchmaker's Joe Silva's list.  These guys wouldn't have to leave their corners to trade blows.  As for Barry, I'd like to see him in against Mark Hunt.  Their have similar heights and reachers and it would be bombs away.  Zuffa, make it happen!

This video is real, and shows Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fighting at a house party in Brazil when he was just a lad.  His ferociousness was on display back then, but his fighting skills have come a long way.  For Shogun fans, this video is a must see.



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