MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Josh Barnett Considers His Performance Against Rogers ‘Perfect’, All Things Considered


(Props: Ariel Helwani)

You know what, it was not the most exciting, but in terms of from where I was at, it was perfect. Basically, I put him on ground, and after I started feeling him out, feeling his energy underneath me, I knew that he had a lot of umph, he had a lot of guts, he had a lot of gusto, so any opening, any transition, any big movement, it was going to be met by a lot of explosive force.

We could then end up in some scrambles, spend energy I don’t want to, it’s unnecessary, so instead, get him bucking, get him using that energy. And I have quite heavy hips, which is a very common staple of catch-as-catch-can [wrestling], wearing people out — not just with strikes or submissions or holds — but with your overall body positioning.

So I just put that crush on him that whole fight, or at least that whole first round. And I could hear his labored breathing, his wind, his energy, everything just collapsing. So I knew come second round he was going to be thinking more about ‘don’t drown on the ground’, and then I could open up and start hitting him with stuff.”

While Alistair Overeem wasn’t particularly satisfied with his Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fight against Fabricio Werdum last weekend, Josh Barnett feels he did everything he needed to do against Brett Rogers during his return to high-profile competition. Following his second-round submission victory, War Master Barnett will meet Sergei Kharitonov in the semi-finals of the tournament (date and location TBA), and feels he’s the front-runner to win it all, obviously. Would you agree with him at this point?

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Ballkick- June 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm
+ 1 for Fried Taco......funny shit.
langer_dan- June 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm
I agree with rnp452. Josh fought smart: used the 'ol "minimum effort for maximum effect" stategy. He lay on his opponent until he was gassed, then went for the submission. Doesn't look pretty but it's get the result. I was a bit surprised at Josh's own cardio though, he looked a bit gassed himself, he better sort that out before he next fight or he'll fade if the fight goes over 2 rounds. Actually looking at his excessive body fat: he definately needs to work on his cardio... Fat boys don't run!
rpn452- June 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Sylvia actually looked kind of muscular when he tested positive roids. It was a big difference.

I thought Josh did very well in the fight. He was in control the entire time.
monkyspunk- June 21, 2011 at 11:15 am
Josh looked awful in that fight...Bret Rogers looked awful in that fight...that was an awful fight in general.
Me likey- June 21, 2011 at 10:22 am
then again tim sylvia tested posotive in the past too. winstrol at that.
Bob Villa- June 21, 2011 at 9:36 am
@Me likey

Lol. That's what I always tell my friends when we get into the 'roids arguments. "Those tests had to be wrong, I mean, look at him."
Me likey- June 21, 2011 at 8:59 am
his physique definatley doesn't look like he uses roids. lol
Fatty McDickbutts- June 21, 2011 at 8:42 am
Josh Barnett is boss. Say what you will about the 'roids - I think about half of MMA uses 'em anyways: He's a good fighter, fun to watch.
langer_dan- June 21, 2011 at 8:34 am
Nail on the head again. The Dude gives great interviews – love his approach to life - very Zen.
Me likey- June 21, 2011 at 8:30 am
@bob villa
i agree, but i am betting in bigfoot taking it. i think silva actually has better lateral movement than overeem and much better cardio. a fight between silva and barnett would be fun to watch. i also think that barnett will take kharitonov down and finish him.
Bob Villa- June 21, 2011 at 8:01 am
If Overeem fights Silva, who is bigger, and out-struck Arlovski, the same way he fought Werdum, he probably won't make it to the finals. Right now I'd say Barnett has the best chance of winnin this thing.
Fried Taco- June 21, 2011 at 7:54 am
I started feeling him out, feeling his energy underneath me - I just read this same line in Penthouse Forums.
NotReadyStatus- June 21, 2011 at 7:49 am
If Athletic Commission TKO win over Josh Barnett was a betting line option, I would bet the house on it. If he can get by that, then Josh is my front runner to win it all.
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