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Barry spoiling for a fight after returning to training

ESPN staff
September 9, 2012
Pat Barry is impatient to get back into the Octagon © Getty Images

Pat Barry is itching to return to action after recovering from a broken thumb.

The heavyweight has not fought since his defeat to Lavar Johnson in May, but after being given the all-clear to return to training, he is hoping to step into the Octagon before the end of 2012.

Barry, who has been working alongside Shane Carwin on TUF 16, says he has already been in touch with matchmaker Joe Silva in the hope that he can get something sorted.

"I told Joe Silva already," Barry told MMA Fight Corner. "I already sent him a message saying 'I'm cleared by the doctor. I can start training again.'

"He was like 'Alright, great…when will you be ready?' I was like, 'this morning'. By the end of this year, I'm going to punch somebody in the face, whether it's in the UFC or in Walgreens."

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