Johnson closed out the fight with Barry in impressive fashion,
Heavyweights Kicked Off UFC on FOX 3 Main Card
As soon as a heavyweight affair between Pat Barry (7-5) and Lavar Johnson (17-5) was booked for UFC on FOX 3, fight fans knew two things. The first was it would be fun as long as it lasted, and the second was that there was no way the bout would see deep waters. Both turned out to be factual on Saturday night at the IZOD Center in New Jersey, where Johnson finished off the fight in the opening round with a violent barrage of hooks that finally dropped the resilient Barry in the final minute of the frame.
“This feels great to get another win here,” Johnson said of the victory. “I’m a big fan of Pat, so I was really excited when we made this fight happen. With our styles, I knew it would end like this for one of us. The fight got off the ground, and it ended up where I wanted it to, and I was able to do exactly what I did to Beltran. Pat didn’t go out as easily, but I hit him with a big shot that finally put him away.”
Fan favorite Barry was greet with a huge uproar by the New Jersey crowd, but Johnson was so focused on the task in front of him that he probably never even noticed. Once the action got underway, Johnson charged forward and looked to work the clinch on the fence, but Barry bounced off with a big high kick to the side of the head. However, Johnson maneuvered back into the clinch and started delivering a series of hard knees. Barry then attempted to shoot off the cage only to be sprawled against, but he still was able to work his way into side control on the canvas. He then applied a tightly fastened arm bar, and it started to look like the Minnesota native was going to be able to force a tap from his opposition. This was not something that seemed to be crossing the mind of the extremely powerful Johnson, although, who was somehow able to muscle his arm away from danger.
Once the hold was broken, Barry allowed Johnson to return to his feet, which turned out to be a major mistake. The California fighter threw off a series of knees and then really hurt his opposition when he landed a right side kick. As Barry started to back up in an attempt to reclaim his gatherings, Johnson quickly closed on him and began to absolutely unload a heavy dose of left and right hooks. The thundering shots were coming with such violence and power that all Barry could do was cover up until he exhaustedly dropped to the canvas.
The vicious assault closed out an impressive win for Johnson, with an official stoppage time of 4:38 of the first frame.