About Josh Barnett
Guys with elite submission skills from the guard are hard to find in the heavyweight division. So when a guy possesses that unique quality and on top of things weighs 250 pounds like Josh Barnett does, it represents a significant challenge for opponents.
The bottom line is there are very few heavyweight MMA fighters that are both imposing and technically well-rounded.
Barnett is one of them.
- Date of Birth: Josh Barnett was born on November 10, 1977 in Seattle, Washington.
- Nickname: Barnett was once nicknamed the Babyface Assassin. He now goes by The Warmaster.
- Training Camp and Fighting Organization: Barnett trains at Erik Paulson’s Combat Submission Wrestling and fights for the UFC organization.
Early MMA Career
Barnett defeated Chris Charnos by choke in his MMA debut on January 11, 1997. From there, he rattled off four more consecutive victories before taking on UFC Hall of Famer, Dan Severn. When Barnett defeated him by fourth round armbar at Super Brawl 16, the UFC came calling.
Barnett’s UFC career spanned five fights that made a big splash. In his first UFC encounter, he defeated Gan McGee by TKO. Then came a second round KO loss to Pedro Rizzo before rattling off three straight UFC victories, with the final one coming over Randy Couture at UFC 36 by TKO for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. That win made Barnett the youngest UFC titleholder ever at 24 years of age. But trouble lie ahead.
First Time Testing Positive
Barnett was stripped of his heavyweight title later that year (after his Couture fight) for testing positive for anabolic steroids. Barnett denied using steroids at his hearing but his fighting license was still temporarily suspended.
Barnett then won five straight fights in Japan while also moonlighting in the New Japan Pro Wrestling organization as a professional wrestler after his suspension. And that’s when the major mixed martial arts organization not named the UFC came calling.
Barnett, PRIDE, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Barnett found himself fighting for PRIDE on October 31, 2004 against then star Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. After quickly taking Cro Cop down, he suffered a simultaneous fracture and dislocated shoulder injury that led to both surgery and six months of rehabilitation. From there, Barnett lost to Cro Cop in both his return bout (decision) and at PRIDE: Final Conflict Absolute (submission due to strikes). That said, he amassed a 6-3 record during his PRIDE days, including victories over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (he also lost once to Nogueira), Aleksander Emelianenko, Mark Hunt, Pawel Nastula, and Hidehiko Yoshida.
Barnett comes from a catch wrestling background. Along with this, he possesses excellent takedowns, takedown defense, submissions from the top position, and submissions from the guard. Further, his striking capabilities have improved to the point that he’s above average in that regard as well.
Barnett is simply not a wait-back-and-see kind of fighter. He aggressively looks for opportunities to finish fights and is often successful.
Second Time Testing Positive
On July 22, 2009, Affliction head man Tom Atencio told MMA Fanhouse that Barnett had once again tested positive for a banned substance, this time before a scheduled bout with Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Trilogy for the WAMMA Heavyweight title. Due to this incident, the Barnett- Emelianenko bout was cancelled.
Some of Josh Barnett’s Biggest Wins:
- Barnett defeats Dan Severn at Super Brawl 16: Defeating a future UFC Hall of Fame fighter back in 2000 by armbar put Barnett on the MMA world map.
- Barnett defeats Randy Couture by TKO at UFC 36: Barnett turned Couture over on the ground and pounded him out for the UFC heavyweight title. Afterwards, he lost the belt when he tested positive for a banned substance.
- Barnett defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by split decision at PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute: Anytime you defeat one of the greatest fighters ever, it’s worthy of note.
- Barnett defeats Pedro Rizzo by KO at Affliction-Banned: Barnett lost his first fight to Rizzo by knockout back at UFC 30. So when he came back to knock a man out known for his striking skills in 2008, Barnett erased the demons big time.
- Barnett defeats Frank Mir first round TKO at UFC 164: It was Barnett’s first fight in the UFC since losing the belt he won for Randy Couture for testing positive for a banned substance. It was also supposed to be a battle between two of the best heavyweight grapplers ever. Instead, Barnett beat Mir up on his feet in the clinch, eventually dropping him with a knee before the referee stepped in to end things. Though the ending may have been premature, the fight had clearly been going The Warmaster’s way.
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