The UFC made history this year when they canceled their first PPV since being purchased by Zuffa. After the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary, Pat Barry (8-5) would have understood if the UFC decided to not move forward with The Ultimate 16 Finale that was the next day. Ultimately, the show went on.
"I remember I started getting messages from people," said Barry on The MMA Hour. "Somebody tweeted the UFC should cancel the event in light of the incident. When I read that I went, 'yeah, that would be cool.'"
After Barry won, he cut an emotional post-fight interview where he spoke about how he was going home and would hug his children a little tighter. Barry admitted not wanting to be blamed for a possible cancellation and that the UFC needed to do what they thought was best.
Barry defeated Shane del Rosario (11-2) early in the second round after knocking him off his feet. After the fight, Barry said he was taking a vacation with his family.
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