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Josh Barnett Plans His [Fake] Fighting Future

(If you can’t beat [a drug test], join [a Japanese pro-wrestling organization])

Zach Arnold over at dug up an interesting story on where embattled former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett is fighting next.

It turns out that "The Babyfaced Assassin," who was denied licensure in California last year due to a positive steroid test prior to his Affliction showdown with Fedor Emelianenko and was subsequently blamed for the promotion’s collapse by its president Tom Attencio, is stepping away from MMA and is going back to his pro wrestling roots. Barnett is said to have signed a longterm deal to "compete" under retired Japanese MMA fighter, pro wrestler and onetime Muhammad Ali opponent Antonio Inoki’s IGF (Inoki Genome Federation) banner in Japan.

The 32-year-old, who has performed on IGF cards sporadically over the past two years and last faced Bob Sapp at a show in February, will have a "ranking match" (not sure how rankings work when the outcome of the bouts are predetermined) against Yoshihiro Takyama on May 9th at the Osaka Prefectural Gym, in Osaka, Japan. Arnold’s report says that the organization is planning on building Barnett up as the face of promotion.

It may be just a coincidence that athletes suspended for drug use gravitate towards the company, but Shinichi Wakakirin, a Japanese Sumo wrestler who was busted for marijuana possession and banned from competing in the sport last year will be making his IGF debut at the May event.

Whatever the case may be, Inoki has found the perfect heel in Barnett, without even having to create a back-story. I’d suggest changing his nickname to something  more flashy, though, like "The Promotion Killer" or "Hot Piss".

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SciaticNervePain- October 29, 2011 at 12:13 am
Bob Sapp is showing us a new defense against the leg kick..
mt59801- April 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm
The roid jawed, gaijin promo killer
robthom- April 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Hopefully this makes it much easier to NOT READ ABOOT JOSH BARNETT ON AN MMA WEBSITE ANYMORE.
TheArtof8Limbs- April 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm
It looks like Bob Sapp thought Barnett was going to go for a titty-twister but went with the leg kick.
Viva Hate- April 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Out of curiosity i did a quick look up, check out the Australian Anti Doping Agency, they at least seem very strick, again I did not do a thorough search of their banned substance data base.
EvilScott- April 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm
@ Knee 2 tha Face: Yes, but it looks like the fight is in Austrailia...anyone know the drug testing policy there?
Joedirt- April 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Worst part is... a good number of fighters probably take juice, they're just better at it. Same as NFL players, boxing and just about every other sport that pays.
thisredengine- April 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm
@Knee 2 tha Face: Yeah, my very good friend Chris Nelson wrote up a story about it. You must have read it there.
Neggar Wants a Watermelon- April 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Why not?

I'm obviously the first human being to ever think of it.
Knee 2 tha Face- April 28, 2010 at 11:23 am
In addition to this here article I just read our buddy "roid raged assasin" is set to fight Geronimo dos santos July 17 in strike force.
BigCountrysCholesterol- April 28, 2010 at 11:16 am
Yeah, I kind of knew that was coming. I could take top-level enhancers, though, and still get my ass handed to me by any member of the local girl scout troop. I guess what I meant was that his level of in-ring success is such that it can't be attributed simply to steroids. Especially if he really made his name in Japan, where there is a history of (reputed) abuse with countless opponents. The king of the juicers, kicking the shit out of other juicers still has some skills. Know what I mean, Vern?

Ah fuck it....

....when he's juiced up ...
ReX13- April 28, 2010 at 10:46 am
Normally, i ignore your ignorant ass, but listen up:

Don't even try to take credit for "Babyfat Assassin".

That is all.
Neggar Wants a Watermelon- April 28, 2010 at 10:38 am
More like "babyfat assassin".
Viva Hate- April 28, 2010 at 10:26 am
@Get Off Me,
Good call with the Martel angle, maybe we can find the coked up corpse that calls himself Jake Roberts and get a little Barnett vs. Roberts blindfold match.

C-Bus Allstar- April 28, 2010 at 10:22 am
BigCountrysCholesterol said:

"You know what is jacked up? Aside from Bob Sapp's Japanese aerobics commercials, I mean? Barnett has wins over the likes of Couture, Big Nog, and the lesser Emelianenko brother. He really can whoop some ass."

...When he's juiced up...
BigCountrysCholesterol- April 28, 2010 at 10:20 am
You know what is jacked up? Aside from Bob Sapp's Japanese aerobics commercials, I mean? Barnett has wins over the likes of Couture, Big Nog, and the lesser Emelianenko brother. He really can whoop some ass.
C-Bus Allstar- April 28, 2010 at 10:20 am
Anyone who says that anyone else is "beneath" them, is a fucking tool. Someone hand this kid a jaw full of fist so as to teach him an ounce of humility, please.
Cock_Chestnar- April 28, 2010 at 10:20 am
Rev, its not a sword.
Rev_Darren- April 28, 2010 at 10:13 am
Bob Sapp is showing us a new defense against the leg kick.....The Lesnar Sword Grip.
thisredengine- April 28, 2010 at 9:59 am
To me, pro wrasslin' and casual MMA fans are the same. Beneath me.
Get Off Me- April 28, 2010 at 9:49 am
Piss in a spray can like Rick Martel and Arrogance. He could use the piss like varsol, cover his oppenents face with a piiss soaked rag until they pass out behind the ref's back. Maybe even Great Muta styles where he breaks a capsule of piss off in his mouth and spews it into his oppennets face. I agree that Piss has to be part of his gimmick.

May we please place a ban on Josh Barnett related articles moving forward.
Seoul Brother- April 28, 2010 at 9:43 am
@Squirrelnuts: Well done sir. Based on that, I suggest that Josh Barnett's wrasslin' name be "Mr. Sparlkle Piss."
shartacus- April 28, 2010 at 9:40 am
Sweet Moses
Kid Clam Curtains- April 28, 2010 at 9:39 am
killer boots man
Squirrelnuts- April 28, 2010 at 9:38 am
Needle goes in, steroids come out, that's what Inoki Genome Federation is alll about.