Peter Barrett is set to make his promotional debut on August 8, more than a year after his victory on Contender Series. While the layoff wasn’t by design, “Slippery Pete” also didn’t want to rush his first Octagon appearance.
“We got offered a couple of fights at 155,” Barrett told The Scrap. “They weren’t terrible matchups, but we just said ‘No, listen, we really want to fight at 145, and you guys told me I had the blessing to come in at 145 from the Contender Series.’ 145 (pounds) is where I belong, that’s where I have the biggest advantage.”
Barrett (11-3) defeated Sang Hoon Yoo at lightweight back in August 2019. The 33-year-old was scheduled to fight Danny Henry at UFC Nebraksa in April before COVID-19 canceled the event. Now the Massachusetts native is scheduled to face Steve Garcia at UFC Fight Night.
“We just stuck to our guns instead of jumping for to our fight, and now low and behold, that gets (Steve) Garcia on August 8,” Barrett explained. “Stylistically, it’s a great matchup. The fans are gonna enjoy that. I’m going to enjoy that fight. I’m sure he’s gonna enjoy that fight. I’m itching to get in here and get my hand raised.”
Garcia (11-4) came up short in his promotional debut in February, suffering a unanimous decision setback to Luis Pena at UFC Norfolk. While the 28-year-old has never been knocked out in his career, Barrett believes he’ll be the first one to do it.
“I’m gonna knock this kid out. I’m gonna get my hand raised. I’m gonna win that 50-grand. Pay my mom back for helping me out over the years throughout this whole thing. And I’m gonna tell Sean Shelby that I want to do it again in a month, and we’re gonna rinse, wash and repeat. It’s gonna be the summer of ‘Slippery Pete.'”