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Farewell, Josh Barnett. We Hardly Knew Ye


(Josh Barnett vs. Don Frye. Worth it for Don’s entrance music alone.)

What do you do when you’re an American pro fighter who’s been caught using steroids for a remarkable third time?  Easy, you go back to Japan where you can do pro wrestling in peace and never have to piss in a cup ever again, except perhaps when the urine samples of celebrities inevitably becomes a hot ticket item among Tokyo businessmen.  

It was just last week that Josh Barnett dashed the hopes and dreams of Affliction with his positive pre-licensing steroid test, and already he has a date with a scripted outcome in the Inoki Genome Federation back in Japan on August 9.  He still hasn’t addressed the issue of his alleged steroid use beyond that one somewhat strangely worded MySpace post, so his decision to head back to the safe confines of unregulated pseudo-sports will probably be interpreted as further evidence of his guilt.


It is at this point that we pause to ask, is Barnett really and truly done as a serious MMA fighter?  The guy is still technically the #2 ranked heavyweight in the world.  But if he can’t get a license to fight in the U.S., and can’t find anyone better than fellow positive-popper Antonio Silva to fight in Japan, that will effectively end his run at being a legitimate top heavyweight even if he does take fights outside the pro wrestling sphere.

That’s pretty sad when you think about it.  Not that a lot of people were expecting him to beat Fedor Emelianenko, but at the very least he could have gone down in MMA lore as one of the people who did reasonably well against Fedor, and not the man responsible for screwing twenty other fighters out of a paycheck.  He could also have been remembered as the guy who only tested positive for steroids twice, which, miraculously, no one really held against him.  

Alas, there’s something about that third time that has a way of turning public sentiment against you.  So long, Barnett.  At least you’ll always have Japan.

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Jay Smith- July 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm
lol @ Frank Mur
Frank Mur- July 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm
Damn!!!Fry's got ground game? Where the hell have I been?
Horror Fighter- July 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Since Don and Josh couldn't get a fight with Fedor in MMA, maybe they should challenge him to a pro wrestling match. If the bookers have a sense of humor, they might even get to win.
meanfinger- July 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm
joose'd barnett is his official pro wrestling name for now on.. that wrestling reminds me of when my grandpa used to watch it.lol someone needs to get those guys a steel chair or somethin
meanfinger- July 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm
joose'd barnett is his official pro wrestling name for now on..
sp00ki kabuki- July 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm
fuck barnett.
don frye is so fuckin awesome
Josh-O Slicenett- July 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Sooo..... 4's too many?










(hee hee hee)
MMAMoneyLine- July 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm
If this incident isn't enough of a warning to would-be steroid users in MMA, I don't know what is.
Seoul Brother- July 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Goddamn, Thank you Nut Puncher 9000 for that.

"Hey if you lose your right nut, is your left nut still your left nut?"

"Ready 2 Rumble" was more real in comparison to what Juice Barnett could come up with. Realistically, Affliction Trilogy rested on its tentpole fight. Is this Fedor Emelianenko's or Jizzsock Barnett's fault? no. It is Tom Atencio's fault. Even if the CSAC says, "oops - our bad" and promptly french kisses a mortar, Barnett didn't exactly say, "Dude - I'm clean. I'm sorry for this, but I'm FUCKING CLEAN." Those stupid brave enough to say that they're still fans of his need to hear this. But no, his response was about as viable as a used tampon. Atencio couldn't come up with a better roster of backup fighters? And he didn't have the foresight to clear this list of backup fighters with Showtime aforehand? Christ-on-a-Rubber-Crutch, what kind of fucking moron is he?

As far as Barnett, I hope he wastes the remainder of his time playing connect the dots on his arms before he chases the dinabol dragon one last time. This sad fucking twat of a man couldn't get a bit part in "Nacho Libre 2."
Nut Puncher 9000- July 28, 2009 at 11:29 am
A FOUR POST MASSACRE!?!? NO ONE CAN SURVIVE THIS!.!.!.
Josh-O Slicenett- July 28, 2009 at 11:05 am
OK, one more fight everyone would want to see...

In the hypothetical that he signs to the UFC: King Mo v. Michael Bisping (another friend of Rampage).
Josh-O Slicenett- July 28, 2009 at 10:38 am
Obviosuly no one gives a shit about this subject since there's like 3 other comments.

And who said anyone was clamoring for it? I was just randomly brining it up. Is that against some unspoken rule? But I didn't know they were training partners. I just assumed it would be a good fight since Mayhem is a friend of Rampage and happens to fight at 185.

smh?
MyFightWiffaCheeto- July 28, 2009 at 10:29 am
@Josh-O Slicenett

Why are you bringing up an absurd fight like Fedor vs. Tito? We're supposed to be ragging on Barnett here.

No one has been clamoring for Mayhem vs. King Mo ass, plus they are fucking training partners.

Clever handle... smh...
Josh-O Slicenett- July 28, 2009 at 10:14 am
Look. He's innocent until proven contagious, alright!

Fedor v. Tito makes sense since Fedor is all about taking out dudes that are past their primes. I'd definitly watch that.

And one more fight I think we'd all wanna see. King Mo vs. Mayhem Miller.
GetUpAndKill- July 28, 2009 at 10:13 am
You know, in a way this whole event is good for MMA.

Here we have a fighter yanked for steroid use, while other fighters train, train and train and fight without steroids. It legitimizes the sport, prooves credibility and shows you just how badass other fighters are: A. Silva, GSP, KenFLo, Fedor etc.

So long Barnett, your legacy as the bad guy (even though you were a pretty funny dude) will be remembered as a turning point for postive MMA in public perception.
Ryan Meleedy- July 28, 2009 at 10:06 am
when i started watching the video, i said to myself, " im pretty sure that these two have never fought, i dont remember this". then when don frye came out and caught josh barnett wish the most ridiculous ugly flying knee and looked like he had him beat, i thought " this fight is fixed, no way". then i realized it was wrestling, and thought, "theres still no way don frye would win, even in fake wrestling"
2gq4u- July 28, 2009 at 9:59 am
Aleks is just a big piece of infected meat. Gonzaga would be a better fight and have a better chance.

Fedor vs Tito on the other hand would be an interesting fight.....
Josh-O Slicenett- July 28, 2009 at 9:40 am
Listen up everbody... you wanna know what fight everyone would want to see? Aleks Emelianko vs. Brock Lesnar!!! No crazy Russian mgmt to deal with, great striker, and big enough that Brock won't be able to easily throw him around.

Plus I personally couldn't handle seeing Fedor lose to Brock. Would be worse than when Cro Cop got annihalated by Gonzaga's head kick.
Richard Fitzentite- July 28, 2009 at 9:20 am
How fat and disgusting would Barnett be without all the roids? He did them in the UFC and then went to Japan where he presumably had them wrapped in his Tekka Maki. So now he ruins his chance at a second go-round in the US by agian juicing up? That makes me believe that he needs them, and not just to look like he is almost in shape.
Swedish- July 28, 2009 at 9:16 am
FOAD Josh Barnett
RearNakedPoke- July 28, 2009 at 9:11 am
damn you josh!!! its not like he was gonna win anyway......
rh- July 28, 2009 at 9:07 am
I'd still like to hear the results of the B sample before writing him off entirely.

If the CSAC was free of skeletons in it's closet, I'd be happy to absolutely condemn Barnett along with the others...but the CSAC is still a long way from credible.

rh
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