(Making mean faces and threatening gestures isn’t just a hobby for Barnett, it’s a lifestyle.)
Despite the language barrier between them, Josh Barnett and Aleks Emelianenko still manage to maintain a fairly healthy war of words. You might recall this video of Barnett trying to communicate to the other Emelianenko brother just how unafraid he was of a rematch with him when the two were both backstage at the first Affliction show last summer. Then Aleks popped up recently to assure us all the he could totally fight in America, no matter what you heard, and also claimed he offered to fight Barnett but old Babyface refused to take him up on the offer.
Well, that’s about all you need to say to get Barnett to put your name in the streets on an internet forum. And when he does, he’s not going to tiptoe around the whole blood-borne disease issue:
It has come to my attention that Aleksander Emelianenko has been making very bold statements about me again. I have heard, from his own blog have you, that I have been offered a fight with him recently and refused and that I was scared when I approached him backstage at Affliction: Banned. Well, I for one have heard from many valid sources that Aleks has a blood borne disease such as Hepatitis B and with his abundance of tattoo work that could easily be the case. This rules out the possibility of fighting him in a sanctioned fight anywhere they require a blood test. I have not been offered any such fight with Aleks but will say this : If you want a rematch Aleks all you have to do is come up to me somewhere and say something. Talk any kind of shit you want and it’s on. If you got the guts, we will do it right then and there and I for one will make sure you won’t be able to ask for much of anything, let alone a rematch ,when I am done with you.
Who got told? Aleks got told. And on the internets.
Anyone else find it strange that Barnett can have such a friendly relationship with Fedor, and yet such animosity toward his brother? If you ask me that’s more support for the theory that Aleks is an embarrassment to Fedor. And since Fedor is beloved in Russia, does that mean Aleks is also an embarrassment to his country? It would seem as though he is morally obligated to track down Barnett (hint: try a video arcade or comic book store) and take him up on this offer in order to prove his worth to his brother and all of Mother Russia. Though the last time he did that, this happened:
PRIDE GP 2006 JOSH BARNETT vs EMELIANENKO ALEKSANDER 2