Dean Barry (4-2) has been released from the UFC after just one fight according to sources who confirmed the report to MMA Fighting reporters Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz.
Dean Barry has been released from the UFC, per multiple sources confirmed to myself and @guicruzzz.
Barry suffered a DQ loss in his debut fight with Mike Jackson. Full story coming later to @MMAFighting
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) May 4, 2022
“The Sniper” Barry had initially signed to the UFC and was supposed to meet Mike Jackson in January 2021. Jackson had withdrawn from the bout and the contest was later rescheduled for May of the same year. Then when Barry withdrew he was released from the UFC and allowed to fight elsewhere. Barry then took a fight with Titan FC where he defeated Drew Lipton in just 21 seconds in December.
Barry was then brought back to the UFC where he made his promotional debut against Jackson on April 23.
After several low blows to his opponent, Barry was penalized with a point deduction.
Then an eye gouge that was ruled intentional stopped the fight and Jackson was awarded the victory by way of disqualification.
While the two men seemed to be cordial inside the octagon following the incident, trash talked ensued online afterwards.
Jackson had called Barry a “dirty cheat,” which didn’t sit well with the Irishman.
“To be honest with you, I thought he (Mike Jackson) took the easy way out there,” Barry said. “Didn’t want to stay, didn’t want to continue fighting. Even when I kicked him low, he was talking on the ground to me for ages. Like, if you get hit in the nuts, you can’t be talking like that. Same with the eye poke. Straight after the ref called the fight off, he was fine. Both eyes open perfectly. He said he can’t open his eyes.”
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