But during his recent appearance on The MMA Hour, "HD" revealed that he wasn't going to retire from MMA, but rather, take a break from it after being granted his release from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
"I'm walking away from MMA for now. It said I was retiring from MMA and people assumed that I was done with fighting forever and that was going to be the end of it. But, it's not, that's not what happened. I'm just taking a break, taking a timeout from MMA. Just stepping away from it, man. My last few fights, something was missing. Something wasn't there, was a bit of love and attraction to wrestling and grappling to having to defend take-downs. Which is fine, that's part of the sport and that's what I signed up for, but my last two outings that I had, anytime you lose a fight and get up and say, 'I lost, oh well, so what.' It wasn't so much, 'so what,' something wasn't there."
Clearing up his "wrestling" comments, Barry says it's not that he doesn't like wrestling or jiu-jitsu, he just prefers to stand-and-bang.
"Wrestling, doing jiu-jitsu for the sake of doing jiu-jitsu, that's great, especially with a gi on, I enjoy it, it's great exercise, everything. But when it comes to being in a fight, no thank you. I want to stand and hit each other and let's see who has the biggest nuts in the ring."
Furthermore, Pat says the fact that kickboxing had a resurrection of sorts, helped make his decision to walk away from MMA and look into the possibility of returning to his first love.