In one of the weirder looking fights in the UFC, the 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve submitted the 5-foot-11 Pat Barry in the co-main event of the UFC on Versus 6 in Washington, D.C., on Saturday evening. The fight started slow but had an exciting finish.
The two felt each other out for more than two minutes before truly engaging in the first round. With the unusual height difference, it was understandable, but not exactly exciting. Struve used a push kick to keep Barry from closing the distance, and while Barry did land a head kick and punch combinations. Neither fighter decisively took the round.
Early in the second round, Barry wobbled Struve with an uppercut then followed up with a head kick and leg kicks. Struve took Barry down, and tried to first grab a guillotine. He couldn't finish it, but as Barry got his head out of the choke, Struve transitioned into a triangle choke. Barry stood up with Struve still attached and slammed Struve onto his back, but that only tightened to choke. Barry was forced to tap at 3:22 in the second round.
This win puts Struve at 22-5, while Barry experienced his second exciting loss -- if there can be such a thing -- in a row. In his last fight, Barry was KOed by Cheick Kongo while being on the brink of winning by TKO. Barry, who started with a career in kickboxing, falls to 6-4.