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

Josh Barnett Stays Busy With World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Win


(Josh Barnett’s most recent pro wrestling outing, courtesy of his MySpace page. If you’re dying to see how the match ends, go here.)

He may still be a black sheep in the MMA family, but that doesn’t mean Josh Barnett is going to hop a Greyhound for parts unknown and never call you again, even if you might want it that way.  The  "Baby-Faced Assassin" surfaced at the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championships in southern California this week long enough to win the "Ultra Heavyweight" (over 215 pounds) division with a judges’ decision over Bruno Paulista on Sunday.  Barnett crowed about the victory on his Twitter account, proclaiming "Catch Wrestling lives!", much to the chagrin of BJJ competitors like Pablo Popovitch, who told Graciemag.com before this event, "[W]e can’t let a guy who does catch wrestling win the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship."

Sorry, Pablo.  Guess Barnett never got that memo.  If you’re wondering what Barnett’s MMA future holds, apart from being the sport’s unsung savior, you should check out this video interview with Scott Coker where he says that Strikeforce has been in "loose contact" with Barnett, and once he works out his issues with the California State Athletic Commission, "maybe then we’ll be a little bit more interested."  You know.  If he works out those "issues."

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MachidaVsSilva- November 10, 2009 at 5:51 am
People pay to see that?
BigCountrysCholesterol- November 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Sign him Scott. Get Alistair back, and sign Barnett and Arlovski, and you have yourself a HW division. Screw the steroids thing. You know how many UFC fighters have been busted for that shit, waited their mandatory time-outs, and returned to action only to give us amazing fights? I actually had tickets to Fedor/Barnett, so I was as pissed as anyone, but I still want to see Fedor get that fight.
DaltonSwayze- November 9, 2009 at 8:54 pm
Upon further reflection, that was just for halfbreed
DaltonSwayze- November 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm
What's with the hate for catch wrestling? You guys too good for carnie grappling?
halfbreed23- November 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm
It's certainly impressive that he won the SuperHW division but to say he won solely on "catch wrestling" is ridiculous. Considering his MMA record he's certainly competed against BJJ. I'm also certain that he's had BJJ training as an MMA fighter.

It would be interesting to see Josh and Fedor grapple.
Neebleton- November 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm
barnett has shirts like aleksander emelianenko has tattoos
BM2- November 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm
CATCH WRESTLING LIVES~!
Deadpanda- November 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm
They should piss test him & put the results of it up next to his crowing twitter posts.
Seoul Brother- November 9, 2009 at 4:49 pm
@cagefightmon: Yeah, well his days of "true fighting" are long past. That is if you're not counting anything with the stigma of artificial nut juice. He is an embarrassment to MMA. Christ, I'll bet even money that there's no fucking way the WWE or TNA would go near a simple bitch like Barnett. No, this cowardly chickenshit loser has to go to Japan to get paid. The only "true fight" he's waging is with his waistline.
cagefightmon- November 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm
Damn, coming from true fighting to THIS . . . that's embarrassing!!
RearNakedPoke- November 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm
the man has to eat.....
K.E.G.- November 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm
I would still love to see him fight Fedor. If Strikeforce could make that happen it would be a big plus for them. Although given the circumstances he will be suspended for a year, and who knows if they will still be around then to make it possible.
mondooh- November 9, 2009 at 3:46 pm
He's just lucky the Werdum camp was busy with Big Foot.
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