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MatParker116 09-13-2010 09:14 AM

Strikeforce signs Josh Barnett
 
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2010/9/13...th-strikeforce

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Two-time champion and top world-ranked heavyweight superstar Josh "The Babyfaced Assassin" Barnett has signed a multi-fight agreement to compete for world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

"STRIKEFORCE is the home of the best heavyweight division in the world and Iím proud to be able to call it my home now," said the 32-year-old Barnett (29-5), an expert in catch wrestling who hails from Seattle, Wash.

"Iím looking forward to competing amongst the greatest fighters in the world and fighting my way to another world title."

Toxic 09-13-2010 09:19 AM

Josh Barnett signs multi-fight contract with Strikeforce
 
http://www.mmamania.com/2010/9/13/16...ight#storyjump

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NEW YORK (Sept. 13, 2010) Ė Two-time champion and top world-ranked heavyweight superstar Josh "The Babyfaced Assassin" Barnett has signed a multi-fight agreement to compete for world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

"STRIKEFORCE is the home of the best heavyweight division in the world and Iím proud to be able to call it my home now," said the 32-year-old Barnett (29-5), an expert in catch wrestling who hails from Seattle, Wash. "Iím looking forward to competing amongst the greatest fighters in the world and fighting my way to another world title."

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Barnett became the youngest UFC champion in history at age 24 when he scored a second-round TKO (4:35) on MMA legend Randy "The Natural" Couture in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 22, 2002. In his sixth career fight, Barnett submitted wrestling and MMA legend Dan "The Beast" Severn with an armbar in the fourth round (1:21) in Hawaii.



In addition to his achievements in America, Barnett has spent a good portion of his career competing in top tier promotions overseas, including the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan where he notched memorable victories over the likes of Aleksander Emelianenko, Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

On Oct. 21, 2006, Barnett took part in PRIDEís first event on U.S. soil, submitting Pawel Nastula with a toe hold in the second round (3:04) at Las Vegasís Thomas & Mack Center.

In 2008, Barnett competed in another Japanese promotion, Sengoku. After submitting (heel hook) Hidehiko Yoshida in Tokyo on March 5, 2008, Barnett returned to action on May 18, 2008, and earned a unanimous decision over top-ranked rival and fellow American Jeff "The Snowman" Monson.

Barnett signed an agreement to compete in Japanís DREAM promotion earlier this year. Last March 22, he made his debut with the organization, submitting former K-1 tournament champion and devastating power puncher, "Mighty Mo" Siligia, with a kimura at 4:41 of the first round.

On July 10, Barnett followed up the strong showing with a first-round TKO (punches) over Geronimo dos Santos in the main event of a fight card in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Does anyone still care? Is Fedor/Barnette to late now or will he even stay clean long enough to fight?

ACTAFOOL 09-13-2010 09:31 AM

wow, i think this is very exciting...i would still LOVE to see fedor vs barnett...that would be so awesome, plus id also like to see overeem vs barnett...strikeforce HW division is getting better and better and this will be a nice teste for overeem, lets see if he can actually hang with elite fighters, if he can beat barnett and fedor then thats proof enough that hes ready to be a top 5 in the UFC

since barnett actually signed im guessing that hes clean, he wouldnt be stupid enough to sign just to get caught again...either that or he learned how to cycle:thumb02:

KillerShark1985 09-13-2010 09:35 AM

Its a another sweet deal and again adds to the top level on the SF HW division, even if you don't care about Fedor vs Barnett which I personally would look forward to seeing, the HW division at SF is growing past Fedor, I see Fedor as a assert to the division still but there are plenty of other fighters and possible fights in that division right now that I would like to see as much as any Fedor fights, and Barnett just adds to those possible fights.

G_Land 09-13-2010 09:38 AM

The best HW divison in the world????? Thats a bit of a stretch lol

KillerShark1985 09-13-2010 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by ACTAFOOL (Post 1265272)
wow, i think this is very exciting...i would still LOVE to see fedor vs barnett...that would be so awesome, plus id also like to see overeem vs barnett...strikeforce HW division is getting better and better and this will be a nice teste for overeem, lets see if he can actually hang with elite fighters, if he can beat barnett and fedor then thats proof enough that hes ready to be a top 5 in the UFC

since barnett actually signed im guessing that hes clean, he wouldnt be stupid enough to sign just to get caught again...either that or he learned how to cycle:thumb02:

lmas, Top 5 in the UFC HW division is a joke, without Cain and JDS that division is seriously nothing, SF HW division is way more stacked with top level fighters. both Cain and JDS would have struggle more rising to the top of the current SF division than they have done at the UFC.

That division is such a joke that only 3 years ago a LHW old man in his mid 40's was able to go up a weight and make the title his only 3 years ago, yea I know the UFC had to cover the reason he was able to do that up claiming he was a Phnom that defined the rules of nature or whatever, truth is the division really is that bad it was easy picking for any half decent fighter, Couture was never even the best LHW never mind HW in the world.

Its not exactly bursting with new talent since then Cain and JDS been the exception, Brock is nothing special ether, he is not exactly the all round well experienced MMA fighting machine that Fedor and Overeem are, there are so many holes in his stand up that you can't exactly call him a well rounded MMA fighter, never mind the best in the world.

If Brock had of been made to clim the ranks of the UFC before been given his shot then he would never of even made it, just so happens that the fights he was given good stylistic match ups to suit his ground style of fighting and was lucky that the Champ himself was a past his prime, half his size ground wrestler, Couture is even a more skilled wrestler than Brock, there was just too much against him in size and age for Brock not to win that fight.

Only real test Brock has had was Carwin, who dished him a 10-8 round before been exposed as a one dimensional Gassed out walking piece of slug.

Brock and his famous decision win over Heath Herring, what a joke, lets stick Herring in the cage with Fedor or Overeem, start the clock and see if he can make it out of the first round.

sNatch204 09-13-2010 10:20 AM

How many times has this guy been caught cheating? Like 3 now. And thats only the times hes been CAUGHT using roids. Hes a joke and he should never get in a top10.

KillerShark1985 09-13-2010 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by sNatch204 (Post 1265295)
How many times has this guy been caught cheating? Like 3 now. And thats only the times hes been CAUGHT using roids. Hes a joke and he should never get in a top10.

Not since 2006, first time he was caught back in 2002, well I bet Brock was doing as much if not more back then.

sNatch204 09-13-2010 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by KillerShark1985 (Post 1265297)
Not since 2006, first time he was caught back in 2002, well I bet Brock was doing as much if not more back then.

The point is that hes been caught 3 times, and hes a cheater. I dont like or support cheaters, especially if you have been doing it your whole career.

KillerShark1985 09-13-2010 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by sNatch204 (Post 1265299)
The point is that hes been caught 3 times, and hes a cheater. I dont like or support cheaters, especially if you have been doing it your whole career.

Nice to see someone stand there ground when it comes to morals and cheating, I can respect that, take it your the only Canadian on here who is not a GSP fan then, good for you :thumb02:


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