Josh Barnett is putting on a show


(Picture by Dave Mandel)

With the exception of my fantasy best friend Ken Shamrock, I fucking hate it when MMA and pro wrestling get mixed up. If I hear one more story about Kurt Angle or Brock Lesnar getting into MMA I’m going to castrate someone with a cheese grater. And the whole Dana White = Vince McMahon thing is stupid … kids, let it go and grow up.

Dana isn’t Vince, Chuck isn’t Steve Austin, and I don’t know who you think is Owen Hart but I cross my fingers it’s Matt Serra so we can drop him off the roof of an arena too. So just stop the fucking comparisons, everyone. You’ve spent so much time being brainwashed by the WWE that you’re taking tenuous similarities and blowing them up into proof that Dana White stole his business model playbook from the smouldering wreckage of Vince McMahon’s limo. Well news flash: he didn’t.

Anyways, this is a post about Josh Barnett. Up until this point I haven’t had anything negative to say about Josh past his love handles and titties. But I stand in the mirror and cry about my man boobs too, so I’ll cut Josh some slack on that front. But now Josh is knee deep in pro wrestling again, and it appears he’s trying to use some wrestling antics to gain himself some press. If you haven’t read it, here’s what he wrote on his myspace:

Let’s get straight to it and say that Randy did a phenomenal job at UFC 74 in defending his title. As a fan and a fellow Washingtonian I was happy to see him win. But as for the title itself — it still sits in my house. No one in UFC ever beat me for it, and as far as I am concerned, no one in the UFC can be the heavyweight champion until they take that belt off of me in the cage.

At the post fight press conference, Dana White said “there isn’t anyone in the world that can beat this guy” in reference to Randy. All this because Randy beat a guy that had less than ten fights and only one noteworthy win? That’s not even a world championship level fight, let alone reason to proclaim the winner as “unbeatable”. This comment was made even more ridiculous by the fact that I was standing right there, living proof that Randy Couture is definitely beatable.

“Unbeatable”, Dana says. If he actually believes that, I’m more than willing to step into the cage and prove him wrong. It wouldn’t even have to be for the belt. I already got the real belt. They can keep their pile of brass they purport as the UFC Heavyweight Title and put it on their next paper champ.

This letter has basically pissed off everyone, and I can’t say I disagree with the masses. The obvious reason for being ticked is the fact that Josh Barnett’s belt was tainted by his failed steroids test. 5 years in Japan afterwards doesn’t exactly help your reputation as a clean fighter either … I remember when Josh showed up for the first US Pride show, everyone was holding their breath on him clearing his steroid test (Barnett was forced to pee in several cups to get relicensed).

For me, I don’t really care about that. I’ve said it before … if crazy genetically modified freaks want to beat it out in the ring for my amusement I’m happy to tune in and watch. If one genetically modified freak wants to smash up an elderly man, that’s even better!

What I’m not down with is having a fighter like Josh who generally seems like such a nice guy downplay the accomplishments of Randy Couture. Josh has always had an ego but it usually manifested itself in less disrespectful ways. Stirring the pot by calling Randy Couture a paper champion is bound to put you in the doghouse along with Babalu as far as MMA fans are concerned.

Of course, I don’t doubt this is all just part of a general plan to get back into the limelight. If Dana takes the bait (and Dana does seem to mark out on all things PRIDE related), it’ll be worth it to see Josh back in action. However, considering how prominent steroids are as a topic of interest and Josh’s dubious history on that issue, I don’t know if anything will happen.

  • kentyman

    Hear-hear.

  • intenso

    fuck him. war randy.

  • John

    Man i always liked Josh. I think that people are finally realizing that to a easy way into(or back into) the ufc is to stir up some shit. Talk some trash and create a fight and Dana’s gonna sign you for a grudge match thats going to bring in alot of fans because of the controversy. And you would probably have a better chance in the contract negotiations if you have a big up coming fight or some shit to fall back on. Randy saying he wants to fight Fedor will if anything help Fedor get his brother signed and fight sambo in Russia. All you need is puiblic appeal and that gleam in Dana’s eye and your set.

  • Mr. Chris

    I don’t know how you can say that Dana isn’t a watered down Vince McMahon in the small article that you quote him saying that Couture is “Unbeatable.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Couture, the fight on Saturday was awesome, but everyone who knows ANYTHING about MMA knows that Fedor Emelianenko would most likely give Couture a beat-down. Fedor is the best fighter in the world! Dana White is a fucking retard if actually he thinks Couture is truly unbeatable.

    Dana simply does not acknowledge fighters who are not under UFC contract. He continues to treat the fighters that come from Pride as if they are coming from the minors and clearly shows an allegiance to the “UFC Guys” who are his boys.

    So if he is not actually retarded (for which I would give him a pass) he behaves lot more like Vince McMahon that the commissioner of any major sports league.

  • intenso

    hey when Dana White pins his fucking top talent and puts the championship around his own waist and then passes it around to his whole family, then we can compare him to Vince McMahon.

  • DJ Hapa

    “He continues to treat the fighters that come from Pride as if they are coming from the minors and clearly shows an allegiance to the “UFC Guys” who are his boys.”

    I noticed the complete opposite. They put Mirko over as the most dangerous striker in MMA and set him up for big things. He belw it, not Dana. Nog was talked up as the greatest submissions guy in MMA. Then Dana ejaculates over the contract signing of Silva. There are other examples.

  • http://kakutogigumi.blogspot.com Royal B.

    Dude. Dana is so Buisness MacMahon.

    The only difference is that Dana’s secure in his sexuality.

  • http://fightersonlymag.com Hywel Teague

    Fightlinker, may be worth giving a credit to the photographer there – it was taken by Dave Mandel.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com Fightlinker.com

    Will do, I got it off google images so didn’t know

  • http://fightersonlymag.com Hywel Teague

    No probs – its just I know Dave and he is a superb photographer, he deserves credit for such an image (which I also used in my mag about a year and a half ago in a barnett profile)

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