Dean Barry Joins Karate Combat 3 Months After Getting Disqualified On His UFC Debut For Eye Gouging

The Irish MMA prospect has found a new home.

Dean Barry Joins Karate Combat
Dean Barry (Image via @deanbarrymma/Instagram))
  • Ex-UFC fighter Dean Barry has inked a deal with Karate Combat
  • Karate Combat president Adam Kovacs is ready to leave the Irishman’s past behind and is excited about his new signing’s debut

Dean Barry only had one fight under the UFC banner but it already dictated his future in the sport. The Irish fighter eventually left the promotion after getting disqualified at UFC Fight Night 205 due to apparently eye gouging Mike Jackson. Three months later, Barry is now headed to Karate Combat.

Backed by Georges St-Pierre

Karate Combat president Adam Kovacs is thrilled about signing Barry, revealing that the Irish MMA prospect has long been on their scouting list, and was personally recommended by UFC legend Georges St-Pierre himself.

“Dean Barry is a fighter we’ve had on the radar for a long time and he was also recommended to us by Georges St-Pierre himself, as GSP brought him in as a sparring partner when he was preparing to fight Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship,” Kovacs said via Irish Mirror. “Dean is an outstanding karate fighter and we were delighted to see him reach the UFC himself.”

Let’s move on

As for the eye gouging incident, Kovacs said that it might’ve been “unfair” but it’s already a thing of the past and they’re just excited about Barry’s debut at Karate Combat 35 next month.

“He was unlucky with what happened there and you could say maybe even unfairly treated, but had been following Karate Combat the whole time and when he saw his friend Ross Levine winning the middleweight world title at our last event, he decided he wanted one of those belts for himself and reached out to us,” Kovacs explained. “We got the deal done and I’m excited to see him debut at Karate Combat 35 on August 27 in Orlando, Florida. We already have one Irish champion. If Dean Barry goes on to win a belt then I guess it’s going to be true what they say: the Irish don’t come to take part, they come to take over!”

While it has become apparent that the UFC was not for Barry, let’s see if he could finally find a new lease on life with Karate Combat.

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