Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Third time’s the charm? We’ll see if that’s true for this UFC matchup.

According to sources, Ireland’s Dean Barry will take on Mike ‘The Truth’ Jackson in a UFC event on April 23rd. They will meet in a welterweight bout.

The two have been booked to fight each other twice already. Barry was supposed to make his UFC debut against Jackson in January 2021. Jackson would pull out and the bout was rebooked for May. The luck wouldn’t be present in the sequel, with Barry withdrawing.

Barry who was signed to the UFC at 3-1 would be momentarily released from his contract. The promotion had wanted to see him get another win on the regional scene before fighting in the Octagon. And so he did.

After a few more fight fallouts, ‘The Sniper’ would return in emphatic fashion to end 2021. In December, he would get a stunning 21-second KO of Drew Lipton at Titan FC 73. This would be enough to seal another deal with the UFC, with Barry putting the pen to a contract a few days ago.

Barry joins Conor McGregor and Ian Garry as the third active UFC fighter on the roster.

He draws Mike Jackson in his first outing.

Jackson hasn’t fought since 2018, where he initially beat pro wrestling superstar CM Punk by decision. However, Jackson’s win would be turned into a ‘no contest’ after he tested positive for marijuana.

‘The Truth’ is now 0-1 in pro MMA, with his only loss coming to Mickey Gall back in 2016. He looks to get his first official win against Dean Barry when they meet in the Octagon on April 23rd.


By Chris De Santiago

Chris De Santiago is a 20-year-old journalist out of Texas. He is the founder of MMA Island and also works for

One thought on “Dean Barry To Make UFC Debut Against Mike Jackson On Apr. 23”
  1. […] For Jackson, he made his UFC debut back in June 2018 against professional wrestling star, CM Punk, originally scoring a unanimous decision victory at the UFC 225 until the result was subsequently overturned to an official ‘No Contest’ after Jackson returned a positive in-competition test for marijuana. News of Barry’s debut bout against Jackson was first reported by MMA Island.  […]

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