Dean Barry Says Mike Jackson Took “Easy Way Out” at UFC Vegas 52, Apologizes Anyway

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Dean Barry and Mike Jackson, UFC Vegas 52LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 23: (L-R) Dean Barry of Ireland punches Mike Jackson successful a welterweight combat during the UFC Fight Night lawsuit astatine UFC APEX connected April 23, 2022 successful Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

One of the little heralded, and yet downright embarrassing match-ups astatine UFC Vegas 52 saw portion clip combatant Mike Jackson matched up with promotional newcomer Dean Barry.

The combat went astir arsenic good arsenic you’d expected, knowing that Jackson had past competed successful 2018 against CM Punk. To accidental thing of Barry’s humble 4-1 grounds to commencement the night. In fact, the lone existent astonishment was however the bout ended — a disqualification triumph for Jackson, aft aggregate fouls from Barry.

Things went incorrect early, with a debased stroke missed by the ref, but a 2nd was wide arsenic day: a spinning backmost footwear flush to the groin. Jackson went down, writhing successful pain, and was fixed ample clip to recover. Chatting with the ref and talking to his opponent, however, drew the ire of the UFC’s commentary team, and Paul Felder successful particular. It was a 2nd foul — an oculus gouge — that ended the fight, with Jackson incapable to continue.

Barry, the culprit successful some fouls, believes Jackson took the casual mode out.

In a video posted to his verified Instagram account, and to his now-deleted Twitter page, Barry said that “to beryllium honorable with you, I thought helium took the casual mode retired there. Didn’t privation to stay, didn’t privation to proceed fighting.”

“Even erstwhile I kicked him low, helium was talking connected the crushed to maine for ages,” Barry continued. “If you get hits successful the nuts, you can’t beryllium talking similar that. And aforesaid with the oculus poke. Straight aft the ref called the combat off, helium was fine, some eyes unfastened perfectly. He said helium can’t unfastened his eyes. Look, I’ll instrumentality the rematch successful a heartbeat if they’ll springiness it to me, oregon conscionable fto maine spell backmost down to my value part and fight. I thought I showed capable retired there.”

Barry, who fell to 4-2 with the loss, has seen his wins travel against opponents with a combined grounds of 15-33. Although to beryllium fair, 30 of those losses beryllium to 1 azygous foe. Normally a lightweight, helium moved to welterweight for the bout with Jackson, who was competing for the archetypal clip since his infamous 2018 bout with CM Punk.

The fight, primitively a triumph for Jackson, was overturned to a No Contest erstwhile Jackson failed his cause test, investigating affirmative for marijuana and its metabolites. Thanks to Saturday’s effort, Jackson is present 1-1, 1NC arsenic a nonrecreational mixed martial artist. When not fighting, Jackson is media member, who has besides done photography for promotions including LFA.

Barry issued a 2nd statement connected societal media a abbreviated clip aft the video above, apologizing to Jackson for the foul.

Sorry Mike for the accidental oculus poke it wasn’t 1 spot intentional astatine each member and privation you well. I’m feeling bully conscionable a small upset and frustrated astatine astir it should of been a nary contention but this happens. Again my apologies for the oculus poke ne'er meant it to hap I was seconds distant from finishing the fight.