Report – Dublin striker Dean Barry handed UFC release following April debut disqualification loss

Dean Barry
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Tallaght-born striker, Dean Barry has been handed his release from the UFC following his promotional debut just last month in the preliminary card opener of UFC Vegas 52 against Mike Jackson – spelling an end to his tenure with the organization following just a single fight.

Barry, 29, who made his UFC debut back at UFC Vegas 42 in April, opened the preliminary card of the UFC Apex facility event against Jackson, suffering an opening round disqualification loss to the Houston native after an eye gouge left the latter unable to continue. 

The foul was deemed as intentional from Barry, after a pair of prior low kicks courtesy of a spinning and round kick attempt from the Dubliner forced a stoppage in action following an illegal groin strike.

Falling to 4-2 as a professional with his disqualification loss to Jackson, Barry had claimed that he believed the former had taken the easy way out of the contest, despite suffering an eye gouge. 

Per a report tonight from MMA Fighting reporters, Damon Martin, and Guilherme Cruz, Barry has been handed his release from the organization in the latest series of promotional cuts. 

“Dean Barry has been released from the UFC, per multiple sources confirmed to myself and @guicruzzz (Guilherme Cruz),” Damon Martin tweeted. “Barry suffered a DQ loss in his debut fight with Mike Jackson. Full story coming later to @MMAFighting.”

Barry entered the UFC off the back of a Titan FC 73 knockout win over short notice, Drew Lipton – who fell to 6-31 as a professional off the back of the 21-second knockout defeat.

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