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Video: Josh Barnett and Tom Atencio Can’t Agree on Who Screwed Affliction Worse


("Inside MMA" video courtesy of HDNet Fights.)

Watching Josh Barnett’s response to Tom Atencio’s attempt to blame him for the collapse of the mighty Affliction fight promotion empire, what I see is two men who are missing the point. Is Atencio right when he says that Barnett’s positive steroid test was the catalyst for the cancellation of Affliction’s third show? Yes. Is Barnett right when he says that MMA promotions have been through worse and survived, as long as they didn’t make a bunch of terrible business decisions along the way? Absolutely. Does that make either of them less culpable for their own role in all of this? No way.


MMA fans aren’t upset at Barnett because he took Affliction away from them. They’re upset because he was caught trying to cheat. It’s a personal failing, and the more people like you as a person, the more disappointed they get about something like that. Since Barnett has been popped three times for steroid use, he has very little chance of convincing anyone that he’s been wrongly persecuted in this case. If anything, that only makes us wonder how many times he’s gotten away with it.

And no one’s saying Atencio didn’t get dealt a bad hand, but if your MMA promotion can be torpedoed by the loss of one fight then it’s better you get out of the business right away. Have you seen what the UFC has to go through just to put on an event sometimes? Dealing with unforeseeable catastrophes at the last minute is practically the job description for an MMA promoter.

Face it, you both made some bad decisions to get yourselves here.  Arguing about who messed up worse just makes you seem like you haven’t learned anything from your own mistakes.

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robthom- April 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm
barnet sounds like tito to me when he talks.

And there was something a little childish about the way every time Kenny or Bas tried to ask him a question how he would interrupt them and then ramble for a few minutes about nothing.

Reminded me of when I was 11 or 12 and I got caught doing something wrong, I would try to do all the talking so that I wouldn't get cornered by logic.
ghostboner- April 3, 2010 at 5:54 am
I might get raped for saying it, but I actually kind of like Josh. But not nearly as much as Bas. Rutten is the man. "Yeah, because the fight didn't happen". Right in his face!
cecils_pupils- April 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm
You know what separates the men from the boys in this world: respect. You want it, you gotta earn it.

None of these bullshit excuses are gonna gain Josh any respect among fans, fighters, or the MMA community at large. In fact, all these excuses do is make him sound like a whiny little boy who got caught cheating.

A real man takes responsibility for his actions. You got caught - again - with steroids in your system, Josh. Own up to it and take it like a man - quit dodging the CSAC (on your own fucking appeals case even) and take your fuckin' medicine.
haters gonna hate- April 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm
I don't get all the Barnett hate.

Yes he did cheat to get an edge but the sharks were already circling affliction, They over spent on every goddamn thing. Fighters pull out of fights of dozens of reasons, the fact that they weren't prepared in the event he did really says a lot about a company.

on a side note, why the fuck are steroids illegal? this is a hard sport that does serious damage to the bodies of those that participate in it. Steroids are a major part of all sports and always will be so lets just make them legal.
If it's a health concern theres some good evidence out there that if you shoot rather than take pills you avoid nearly all long term health effects.


TL;DR--- Barnett cheated but affliction failed. For the head of a company to blame a fighter (one that's hardly known by any one besides hardcore MMA fans.) is just a straight up diversion from the facts.
robthom- April 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Scotty farrell and Chuck Zito?


Chuck Zito is actually kind of interesting.
Check out his autobiography at your library, its a pretty good read.
Fedor Penn- April 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Yeah Barnett cheated but what he tested positive for is just a Pro Steroid that still can be bought over the counter. I just hope he gets to fight Fedor sometime in the near future.
ArmFarmer- April 2, 2010 at 11:06 am
Why does no one ever point out the guys that affliction decided to give microphones to as a good reason why affliction sucked. Between tito, Millen, and those other two retards me and my buddy laughed our way through the fedor/arlovski event. Just to clarify we were definitely laughing at, not with.

I can't remember the names of the other 2 but they were really really terrible. The one guy had the most irritating voice ever plus he was a complete goober, and I think he.. for reasons i'll never understand.. had his own radio show. The other guy was like a guido mobster wannabe. I can't remember either of their names but they were terrible. Like embarassingly bad.
Nealio- April 2, 2010 at 10:56 am
@drewplata
Lets be realistic here. It was a chance to see Fedor face another mediocre opponent so the Fedor nut-huggers could say how he's the best in the world at fighting anyone who isn't skilled enough to make it into the big show...
Tell me why the top heavyweights in other promotions want to fight Fedor, but he never wants to fight them? :)
cecils_pupils- April 2, 2010 at 10:54 am
thegorilla get's the gold award for accuracy - 100% accuracy.
mt59801- April 2, 2010 at 10:36 am
Why is this news even relevant? One guy is a washed up fighter and the other one makes overpriced guido t-shirts and jewelry.....fuck 'em both who cares?
thegorilla- April 2, 2010 at 10:29 am
It's simple, Barnett fucked affliction in the ass. You can't have Affliction 4 without Affliction 3. Barnett is an embarrassment to the M.M.A. community. No true fight fan can consider Barnett a top challenger at heavyweight for a variety of reasons. 1. His repeated steroid use. 2. The last credible big win came against Nogueira, four years ago. 3. He's not getting any younger. 4. He's just a smug prick. If he would just take some responsibility for his actions he might gain a fan or two. It seems Barnett's strategy is just deny, deny, deny, Side step, counter, take a shot (whether it be of steroids or at Affliction's management and accountants, you decide).
Daddy_Lupo- April 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

What the fuck was that ? Is Barnett trying to explain that he is not THAT MUCH a cheating smelly pussy ?

That show was suicide without the main event. They did marketing like crazy only for that single fight and this idiot forget that he is not surrounded by a bunch of japs.

Barnett killed Affliction and should do man to man hugging way far from America.

Affliction would have failed aniway but at least Fedor would have fight more than 2 rounds in 1 year.
Swedish- April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am
Josh Barnett is a scumbag that should sail away into the sunset and never been seen again.

Cheating pudgy bastard. PS I hope you read this Josh and I hope someone beats you bloody in an alleyway.
Doggage- April 2, 2010 at 9:49 am
I think cecils_pupils has the right idea with those last two sentences.
VisitingDeadAncestors- April 2, 2010 at 9:48 am
funny how Bas was the only one with the balls to agree with Atencio.

lord knows i wouldn't have said it.
drewplata- April 2, 2010 at 9:48 am
No, we're mad at Barnett b/c his stupidity cost us the opportunity to see Fedor versus a credible opponent and shut the Dana White/UFC fanbois up, as if that was possible.
cecils_pupils- April 2, 2010 at 9:47 am
I am surprised they even let him back on the show... love Josh because of Afflictions demise, hate Josh for the black-eye that he gave the sport. Fuck you Josh Barnett. Go back to Japan where you belong, asshole.
Nut Puncher 9000- April 2, 2010 at 9:46 am
I just wonder who was pitcher and who was catching in their relationship.
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