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« Reply #60 on: August 30, 2008, 01:01:00 AM »

Shamrock must know he isn't gonna win. He's purely milking it now, I think this could be his last fight. I agree he's still a pretty decent draw but obviously no one thinks he has a chance to win.

He just needs to hang it up, he's already ruined the legacy he once had by not retiring years ago.
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« Reply #61 on: August 31, 2008, 09:27:53 PM »

He just needs to hang it up, he's already ruined the legacy he once had by not retiring years ago.
No doubt about it, I hate it when people fuck their legacy up carrying on way too long.

Affliction's next Card is shaping up to be another cracking event.  It's a real good mix of legends (who can still go), current stars, and up and comers.  Oh and Ozzy Osbourne's playing headbanger



Andrei Arlovski vs Josh Barnett
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Jay Hieron vs Drew Fickett
Dan Lauzon vs Chris Horodecki 
Matt Lindland vs Trevor Prangley 
Paul Buentello vs Roy Nelson
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« Reply #62 on: October 05, 2008, 12:07:23 PM »

Anyone else see Kimbo slice get exposed for the joker he was?
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« Reply #63 on: October 05, 2008, 01:10:15 PM »

Anyone else see Kimbo slice get exposed for the joker he was?
Haha, aye.  Tuned in just to catch that fight (I'm downloading the show as we speak).

It was laughable how much (pre-fight) they were lining up the excuses, saying "He hasn't had time to prepare for him", "He doesn't know anything about him", "Seth Petruzelli is probably a better fighter than Ken Shamrock".

Dude's been exposed now and this is a disaster for Elite XC, this result could be the death knell for the company, Kimbo Slice is their cash cow.  Wouldn't surprise me if Seth gets resigned by Dana, as Dana has got to be laughing his ass off at this.

Hopefully a partnership with Affliction can keep the company afloat because between the 2 rosters they have some extremely talented fighters.

Edit: Seems the bigwig of the company wasn't happy about the result  hihi

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« Reply #64 on: October 05, 2008, 07:19:47 PM »

That's not fair Hammy, that clips makes Elite look bad, I mean Kimbo did lead an attack for 2 maybe 2.5 seconds, and your clip only shows kimbo getting illegally attacked as Seth (per his contract) wasn't allowed to punch, kick, slap, headbutt, look at, stare, smell, or even come within 2 feet of touching THE KIMBO, per Elite's rules for him.

I have a source/friend who is close with some execs at Elite and he told me this little tidbit of informatrion:

Little known fact is Shamrock and Seth work this out months ago to pull the flop and suprize kimbo, THE KIMBO didnt have enough time to train for Seth and Seth had months to train for him.

The Kimbo also had to fight 3 Bums in parking lots just to earn bus money earlier in the day to make it to the fight so he was already worn out.

The Kimbo also had to spend an extra hour doing his hair, as the barber couldnt understand why someone would want the top of their head shaved and not the bottom.

Also for some reason when he came out, CBS cut away for a second and a fan spit chewing tobacco in his face right before the fight.

THE KIMBO also had to spend extra time backstage "chillin'" with the judges and refs and buttering them up so in a fight anywhere close they could all agree no matter what Kimbo could win, even if he spent all 3 minutes on his back they would still give him the round.

THE KIMBO also spend all Friday night fighting off an evil Chuck Norris, First they both took turns roundhouse kicking each other but neither would fall, then they both used their extra fist underneath their beads to punch each other in the face but neither would falter, Then they both counted to infinity twice and called it a draw at around 5 am Saturday morning

THE KIMBO if he didnt have to fight 3 bums, had proper time to train for a Better younger then Shamrock fighter, didnt have to spend the extra time in the barber chair, Didnt have chew spit in his face, have to spend buttering up the judges, and then spend all night dueling it out with Chuck Norris, THE KIMBO would of sliced and diced his way to a KO Victory.

Also his Elite record will reflect a 1-0-0-1*
1 win, 0 losses, 0 draws, 1 time cheated into an unfair match, So don't worry Elite will still back him and promote this great street fighter as being UNDEFEATED:

LONG LIVE ................ The Kimbo
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« Reply #65 on: October 05, 2008, 07:38:31 PM »

Shame on the Media for how they are treating Kimbo. They just feel stupid cause they wouldn't listen to the casual fan and they tried to act like MMA GODS when as usual, the media don't know shit.


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« Reply #66 on: October 06, 2008, 09:54:15 AM »

I don't blame the Media, I blame Gary Shaw and his idiot kid. They are the ones attempting to package Kimbo into the unstopable fighting machine for the media.

These morons (like Hammy has pointed out) attempted to build their entire organization around an amature Bum Fighter/Strip Club Bouncer. The shitty thing is, if they new how to properly promote MMA they would have a great thing... This all just goes to show how well the Fertitas and Dana White run the UFC. They get shit for their pay scales, but in the end... if you want to fight in the US and actually be in an organization that is around longer than your fight deal it will have to be in the UFC. They have it figured out... no one else has.

Theyother orgs always have great (overpaid) lineups, then fold after a few shows.
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« Reply #67 on: October 10, 2008, 11:11:31 AM »

ProElite faces allegations of fixing the Slice-Petruzelli fight


http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=3634858


Shortly after stopping Kimbo Slice in 14 seconds in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, last-minute replacement Seth Petruzelli began granting interviews. But it was the one he conducted Monday with an Orlando, Fla.-based radio station that has put ProElite under the microscope.

"The promoters kind of hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him," Petruzelli said on "The Monsters in Orlando" show. "They didn't want me to take him down, let's just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him."

Petruzelli has since claimed his comment was "misconstrued." But the damage was too great to simply go away quietly. His words implied that ProElite attempted to influence the fight, causing the issue to mushroom.
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« Reply #68 on: October 12, 2008, 07:49:30 PM »

ProElite faces allegations of fixing the Slice-Petruzelli fight
Dana gives his views, quite an entertaining video....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkYC8TBzmmQ

I'm speechless... that is awsome!
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« Reply #69 on: October 21, 2008, 03:21:54 PM »

http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=3655102


Reports: EliteXC tells employees, fighters it's out of business

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The parent company of the EliteXC mixed martial arts circuit is closing its doors for good, according to multiple reports.

Sherdog.com reported that according to T.J. Thompson, an executive at ProElite Inc., he was informed that the company would close for good this week and would file for bankruptcy protection. And Sports Illustrated, on its Web site, reported that ProElite told its employees and fighters on Monday that it was shutting down, effective immediately, according to multiple sources.

Sherdog also reported that according to numerous sources, an EliteXC card scheduled for Nov. 8 in Reno, Nev., has been canceled. According to the report, Joey Villasenor, who was scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler for the circuit's middleweight title on the card, was informed Monday it had been scrubbed.

ProElite did not return calls seeking comment, according to the reports.

The shutdown follows an EliteXC card televised by CBS on Oct. 4, in which the circuit's biggest star, Kimbo Slice, suffered a 14-second TKO at the hands of a relatively unknown last-minute replacement, Seth Petruzelli. That bout is under investigation by the Florida State Athletic Commission, following comments Petruzelli made after the fight suggesting that he had been promised monetary incentives to trade punches with Slice, rather than employ a more technical game plan.

Showtime Networks, which owns a 20 percent stake in ProElite, on Sept. 17 filed a notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announcing its intention to enter negotiations to purchase the company outright.

But SI.com reported that according to a source inside ProElite, those negotiations failed and ProElite's funding disappeared, forcing it out of business.
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« Reply #70 on: October 21, 2008, 03:37:44 PM »

Thank God

Get these shitty organizations out of here so they can stop tainting what MMA is.
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« Reply #71 on: October 21, 2008, 03:59:21 PM »

Thank God

Get these shitty organizations out of here so they can stop tainting what MMA is.

Everyone bitches about the UFC, but they are the only organization that is run like on of the "big 4" sports. As long as these organizations come around and blow their load offering huge contracts to fighters but offer a poorly produced product, they will continue to fold afetr a few shows and get the UFC more deeply entrenched.

Granted there were some dark years, but the UFC is close to their 100th major show and does well with smaller cable cards and their reality show.

People can bad mouth them all they want for having shitty paydays, but they seem to be the only org that can run for more than 6 months... and the second they run rough shot and go out of business these fighters are going to be fighting at armories for a percentage of the tickets they personally sell.

Back on the topic of EliteXC... I would like to see the UFC pickup the women from Elite and fold them into the WEC where they are getting rid of their heavier divisions.
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« Reply #72 on: October 21, 2008, 04:04:26 PM »

Kimbo Slice and Elitexc put MMA back 5 years. It could've destroyed the sport.
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« Reply #73 on: October 21, 2008, 11:49:54 PM »

Kimbo Slice and Elitexc put MMA back 5 years. It could've destroyed the sport.

I don't know about that, it helped get a larger audience introduced, so I think it has its good and its bad points, CBS seen some potential and maybe they would be willing to consider runnign another promotion on saturday nights which is produced right could be a huge benefit in the long run. 

Personally I hope now that Kimbo's 15 seconds is done and he has no where to fight, UFC could offer him a 1 match deal. I know they would want to shed away from anyone who could be considered in a fixed match, but why not take on THE KIMBO and feed him to the biggest rizing star in UFC. BROCK LESNAR.  Not sure if Kimbo is stupid enough to fight a monster like Brock, but hell It would be a HUGE ppv draw and great chance for UFC to show what a real athlete can do and see BROCK destroy Kimbo and make some big money doing so.

ANyone else think this whole company fell because they were riding THE KIMBO train too hard and not building up anything else?
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« Reply #74 on: October 21, 2008, 11:56:11 PM »

Dude

Seth Petruzelli fucking SUCKS. I could probably take that douche to a decision. He sucks, fucking sucks and he beat Kimbo with an off balance jab

not a hook, not a right cross, a fucking off balance jab only after he was paid off to keep the fight standing which is illegal.

EliteXC made MMA look like Professional Wrestling. It set the sport back and lost it tons of credibility with that bullshit.

Kimbo was on TV commercials and was made the face of MMA and he sucks.

The UFC are legit, Affliction and Dream are legit, Strikeforce are legit and some of the smaller leagues.

EliteXC was a fucking joke, a bunch of crooked boxing promoters trying to get rich fast on someone else's vision.

Brock Lesnar would put Kimbo in a Coma and make him drink from a feeding tube.
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« Reply #75 on: December 02, 2008, 01:00:22 PM »

After losing to Fedor Emelianenko last July, Tim Sylvia plans for a big return.

The former UFC heavyweight champion is prepared to fight in Japan in roughly 30 days. Sylviaís manager, Monte Cox, is actively seeking a fight for ďThe Maine-iacĒ on K-1 and Dreamís co-promoted ďPremium 2008 DynamiteĒ card on Dec. 31 or World Victory Roadís Sengoku event on Jan. 4. Cox said Sylvia has been granted a certificate of eligibility to participate in either promotion.

ďI donít think anyone ever knows until about a week before they fight,Ē said Sylvia of preparing for an opponent in one of the Japanese organizations.

Sylvia (24-5) hoped to return to Affliction in January, but Cox confirmed that the 6-foot-8 heavyweight will sit out the novice promotionís second show set for Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif., which features an Emelianenko-Andrei Arlovski clash.

Sylvia, who also has a contract with Coxís Adrenaline MMA promotion, has been eyeing a meeting with UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock (26-13-2).

ďI was supposed to fight Ken Shamrock December 20, but itís been postponed to February now,Ē said Sylvia. ďHeís a free agent. I was supposed to fight him in a small show called XP3 Promotions. I believe in Texas, but itís postponed to February now.Ē

Cox echoed Sylviaís position that a bout with the 44-year-old Shamrock was in the works.

However, Melissa Ingram, director of media relations for Ken Shamrock Entertainment Inc., was hesitant to describe the fight as being in ďpreliminary negotiations.Ē

Shamrockís manager Ron Donohoo told Sherdog.com on Monday that the bout was not under consideration.

ďOur organization was approached some time ago about the prospect of Ken fighting Sylvia, but it was rejected,Ē Donohoo wrote in an email.

Donohoo did not disclose the reason the fight was declined. XP3 Promotions told Sherdog.com via email that it has written confirmation from both parties that they are currently in negotiations for the bout. XP3 plans to hold the event on Feb. 7 at the Reliant Arena in Houston.

Despite the opposing sides, Sylvia expects to see much action in the coming months, including a fight with Shamrock.

ďI love to fight and a fightís a fight,Ē said Sylvia. ďHeís a Hall of Famer. Heís a legend. To progress your career you always have to fight somebody like that.

ďI donít know if heís a stepping stone or anything, but heís been on some of the same cards Iíve been on and heís been highlighted over me, so I want to let people that I am better than this guy and thereís no reason he should have been highlighted over me.Ē


Are they fucking kidding?  Shamrock is no longer credible, he would get destroyed by Sylvia, and the way Sylvia talks like it's some kind of "credible" fight, who the hell is he trying to kid?

Speaking of bullshit.  Anyone see Kim Couture's most recent fight, that was a bullshit set-up if ever there was one, the entire fight (all 1 minute and 28 seconds) her opponent ran from her.  It was insulting to women's mma which is better than most think.  Her opponent ran from her straight away and covered up, scared of the punches reacting like...well...a girl...and like most critics expect women in mma to fight which is why it gets no props.  Women can be tough and this fight was on the same level as Kimbo when it comes to pissing on the sport!  Mon the Cyborg vs Carano showdown  Cheesy
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« Reply #76 on: January 07, 2009, 12:34:41 AM »

Dana said Kimbo was a circus act months ago and I did as well.  dana said he would put his greenest light weight against Kimbo and it wouldn't be fair for Kimbo.  He saw no use for Kimbo.  Sylvia lost as well as Griffin?  It's even keel in the UFC and I think Rampage is the man to beat.  The Iceman may have taken too many shots at this point but you never know?
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« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2009, 08:25:49 PM »

Cool interview with Heavyweight Legend Josh Barnett:



Josh ďThe Baby Faced AssassinĒ Barnett (23-5) ó currently ranked number three on the WAMMA top 10 list for heavyweights ó is set to face Dutch striker Gilbert ďThe HurricaneĒ Yvel (35-12-1) in a number one contender eliminator match on January 24 in the co-main event at Affliction: ďDay of ReckongĒ at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Barnett sat out all of 2007 after the Japanese promotion Pride FC was sold to the UFC and eventually closed down. In early 2008 he came back onto the Japanese MMA scene, fighting twice on Sengoku cards, defeating training partners Hidehiko Yoshida with a third round heel hook submission and Jeff Monson via unanimous decision.

Then in July he competed on the first ever Affliction MMA card, avenging an earlier loss in his career to Pedro Rizzo by knocking him out cold with a left hand in the second round.

With WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko out due to a hand injury, The Baby Faced Assassin was booked to fight Andrei ďThe PitbullĒ Arlovski in the main event of the second Affliction card in October. The winner of the match would get the first crack at Fedor in early 2009.

But for whatever reason that card fell through and now, three months later, Barnett is basically left as the odd man out. Regardless, he remains only one fight away from a shot at the title. Affliction higher ups have already guaranteed a shot at the winner of Fedor and Arlovski for Barnett if he can get past Yvel.

However, that wonít be an easy task.

Yvel is a fantastic striker with 48 professional fights to his credit and 30 of his 35 wins coming by knockout or technical knockout. Not to mention he has a bad reputation in the sport as a dirty fighter. Affliction certainly isnít making the path to a title shot a walk in the park for Barnett, but he feels confident thatís exactly where heíll end up.

We recently sat down with Josh and discussed his upcoming fight, his friendship with WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko, his future and several other topics about him and MMA in general. Heís a true professional and as confident as they come.

Check out the conversation below:


James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): How are you feeling man? Any nagging injuries or anything heading into this fight?

Josh Barnett: Iím just one big nagging injury.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): (Laughs) How has your training camp been?

Josh Barnett: Itís been going really well actually. Iíve had great sparring partners like Rampage, JP Fletcher, Ben Jones and theyíve been a real big help getting prepared for this.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Are you training at the same place?

Josh Barnett: Yep, same place I always train at ó CSW in Fullerton.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Your opponent, Gilber Yvel, is a very dangerous striker, perhaps even more so than your last opponent, Pedro Rizzo, which is scary. Do you plan on using the same approach in this fight as you did in July by trying to win the fight on your feet?

Josh Barnett: Iím going to try to take him out in any way shape or form possible. I donít like decisions and I donít intend to let this one go to one.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Well itís no secret that perhaps your biggest strength, your ground game is his biggest weakness. Wouldnít it be easier to just attack that weakness instead of trying to win at his game?

Josh Barnett: Sure, but if your gameplan is so exposed right away then it makes the balance easier for them to defend it. The thing is Iím not looking to pass up a knockout just to forward through and get a takedown. Thereís no guarantees in anything, but when I have opportunities I take them.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Do you feel like you have any weaknesses in this fight or do you feel like youíre better than Yvel in most areas?

Josh Barnett: No, I donít consider anybody in the world to be at a level that I canít compete at or Iím not better than. Iím really not concerned with anybody. Itís all about not allowing them to establish what they want to do. If they canít dictate the fight, if they canít find their rhythm, then whatever it is they want to affect in the fight isnít going to be of much use to them because itís going to be under my control.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): There were rumors of you facing both Brett Rogers and Aleksander Emelianenko before Yvel was officially announced. Which of the three would you fight if it were your choice?

Josh Barnett:Brett Rogers was I guess a possibility, but because of all the legal aspects of the Elite XC scenario right now, it couldnít happen. I was fine with that. Aleksander was absolutely never a consideration. That was just some sort of propaganda that he or somebody else was trying to put out there. He canít even be licensed in the state of California so itís an impossibility for him to be an option for anyone at this point. And Gilbert Yvel was the only solid offer I got, you know, besides Brett, and Brett, well I guess I canít acknowledge because he could never fight.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): You mention Aleksander having some trouble getting cleared to fight in California. Yvel also had problems getting licensed in Nevada for Pride 33 a couple of years ago and some people believe heíll have similar problems getting cleared for this fight. Do you know anything on that?

Josh Barnett: Heís absolutely cleared to apply for his license. And the only thing that would keep him from getting it, I would imagine, would be if he failed one of his medicals.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Heís got a pretty bad reputation for his actions inside the ring. Heís been caught eye gouging, biting, kicking to the groin and even striking an official. What are your thoughts on facing a guy like that and what are you going to do if he starts in with the dirty stuff on you on January 24?

Josh Barnett: Well if he knocks the ref out thereís not much I can do about that (laughs). And if he tried to bite me, you know, I donít really know. Itíd be ugly, thatís all I can say. I donít really have the same mercy for my opponents as maybe other people do and that just goes for within the rules.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Iím sure Affliction has a back up plan in case Yvel doesnít get cleared. Have you heard of any possible replacements just in case?

Josh Barnett: No, I havenít heard any particular names at all at this point. All I know is Iím going to be ready for them Ö donít know if theyíll be ready for me.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): (Laughs) Right on. This is obviously a huge fight for you because a win secures you a match against the winner of Fedor and Arlovski for the WAMMA championship in your next fight. I imagine youíll be keeping a close eye on that one. How do you see it going down?

Josh Barnett: I think itís really going to come down to Fedorís ability to put the fight on the ground. Once Arlovskiís on his back I donít think heís going to be able to execute very well and the fight is over I think. I think Fedorís going to establish that control and heís never going to let it go.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Do you have a preference as to which one you face?

Josh Barnett: I donít care about who I fight so much, but I want Fedor to win, heís my friend. I want to see him do well.
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« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2009, 08:27:32 PM »

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Can you elaborate on that friendship a little bit for us and maybe talk about how you guys became friends and what it might be like fighting a friend?

Josh Barnett: Well, I never had any trouble fighting friends before. I fought Jeff Monson who was in some ways a person Iíve always, Iíve kind of coached him for the most part, you know. Iíve been in his corner for a lot of big fights. Iíve worked with him in the past as been training partners. We just went out there and fought. Yoshida was a training partner as well. I had no problem fighting him, either. Iíll fight anybody. Iíll fight family if I have to if thatís what it comes down to. In terms of Fedor, we just really got along after we just sat down on a night of me, him and Roman Zentsov just hanging out. It turned out that we got along very well and heís a very caring and cool guy. We keep in touch and we want the best for each other. But at the same time weíre competitors in the same sport and none of that really overlaps as far as being an issue.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): So if your friendship isnít holding you guys back why havenít we seen a fight between you two yet?

Josh Barnett: Timing and the promoters is what that really comes down to.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): How do you feel you match up with either Fedor or Andrei? Are both of those fights you feel like you can win?

Josh Barnett: Yeah, I think on the feet I can knock either one of them out. I think that Fedor is actually more dangerous because of his ability to mix it up so well between striking and then initiating grapples and taking you down. He keeps people on their toes and he keeps them off balance. Itís really a cool thing to see him implement it. As far as the grappling aspect, I think that Fedor would be a much more difficult fight for me on the ground than Arolvski. Arlovskiís a very strong, capable heavyweight and when heís doing well he gets stronger as he goes. Thatís always something to keep in mind, but when things are going tough you usually test the faith.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): What are your thoughts on the rumors of poor ticket sales for this event?

Josh Barnett: Theyíre just that, rumors. Iíve not heard or seen anything to substantiate them. Unfortunately, a lot of things that people like to point out is the negative. Iíve read some of the negativity in terms of ó not just Affliction ó but any promotion besides the UFC thatís trying to get off the ground. Everybodyís got an opinion and they all think they can do a better job. Instead of being happy for the possibility of seeing more great fights and sometimes the match ups youíve been wanting to see for a while, I donít know, people are just very, very hard to please nowadays. But, you know, the economy is hurting things and the UFC has a huge lock on the market so itíll be hard to establish your brand amongst that. But you do what you can and if you can put on the kind of fights that get people talking then thatís whatís going to keep bringing them back.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): You mention the UFC basically having the market locked down. When Affliction had its first show in July, the UFC ó on short notice ó put together the fight night card with Anderson Silva. What were your thoughts on that counter programming, I mean, is that the UFC using dirty tactics?

Josh Barnett: It is, but I mean all is fair in love and war, and apparently business. Personally, I donít think the demise of Affliction would help them in the least. I think what it does is it makes your market, your pool, bigger from which to draw from. Therefore, they would see an increase in funds with a bigger viewing audience for the sport as a whole. And appreciate that Affliction is going to go and do things that UFC either wonít or actually couldnít because they werenít interested in dealing with the UFCís particular image, you know, however the view that. But I think if the UFC is a one man show, I guess things will survive, but itís going to be a lot rougher for not just the UFC but the fighters as well. Just maybe the people at the top will get rich, but in the end everybodyís out for their own anyhow.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Do you think the second Affliction show in Las Vegas getting canceled had anything to do with the UFC?

Josh Barnett: Iím not entirely sure. I mean it very well could have, but it was very disappointing nonetheless.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Right, you were supposed to fight Arlovski then for the number one contender slot. There are some people who believe youíre more deserving of the first shot at Fedor than Arlovski. Do you agree?

Josh Barnett: Uh, I just donít care. I just want to fight. Eventually the fights that are going to be the most important will come my way. And no matter what, I got to win. You never know, the fight that I have with somebody that everybody wants to pass off and just casually dismiss, that might be the fight thatís the most exciting one theyíve ever seen me fight. You just never know whatís going to happen until you get into the ring. Gilbert Yvel is a veteran with well over 40 fights. I really think that there could be a really great match up out of this. I donít strive to make my name off beating anybody in particular. Iíll make my name off my own merit, my own skills and my own accomplishments. I donít need to be in any specific organization and I donít need to fight any specific fighter. I just need to do the best I can do out there.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Do you think Affliction is going to survive as a mixed martial arts promotion, honestly?

Josh Barnett: Uh, well yeah. If I didnít I wouldnít have signed with them.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): What is your contract status with Affliction?

Josh Barnett: Uh, good (laughs). Iím able to fight for both Affliction and Sengoku if I want, and Pancrase. Iím pretty open to being able to fight most places.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Youíre also into the pro wrestling scene over in Japan. What are your thoughts on some of the WWE guys like Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley making the move to MMA?
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Josh Barnett: Well, if they got the talent then I absolutely support it. I just hope that they can keep some of that persona and ability to personalize and make a character out of themselves when they come to MMA. It gives somebody out there in the fans and the audience somebody to really latch onto. Someone that sticks out ó thatís an individual and is interesting and that makes people think or hate or love or whatever the case may be to get some sort of emotion out of them. Instead of being carbon copy, tribal tattoo, goatee, shaved head, board short wearing yahoo that you see on every card.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Right, you mention that if they have the talent then you support them. Do you thin Brock Lesnar is the real deal and worthy of the UFC title or is he just a flash in the pan that veteran fighters will eventually figure out?

Josh Barnett: Heís new, I mean, heís green to fighting, Iíll give you that. But heís got the gold and he beat somebody that whether you think he could beat the best out there is one thing, but Iíll tell you what, any newcomer with three fights getting into the ring would be hard pressed to beat a guy like Randy Couture.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Can Frank Mir beat him again?

Josh Barnett: I put my money on Lesnar, but then again it just really depends on what kind of preparation heís going to do. I think that if he wants to beat Mir, he needs to come out to Fullerton and train at CSW with myself and Erik Paulson. I think if he goes in again he could possibly hit him with those ham hocks and put him out on the ground. The thing is that Mirís dangerous and explosive and he could very easily end up with another leg submission and there goes his new found title.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Do you still wrestle at all? Is there any chance weíll see you in the WWE one day?

Josh Barnett: I donít have any interest necessarily in wrestling in the states so much, but I continue to wrestle over in Japan for the IGF on a fairly regular basis ó at least four matches maybe five matches a year. I even have student named Eric Hammer I have working over there, too. In my mind, whether Iím over there in Japan in the IGF or in the ring in Affliction, theyíre all pro wrestling to me. Iím fighting for the entertainment of the fans.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): What are some of the differences with fighting over in Japan as opposed to the states? And which do you prefer?

Josh Barnett: I in general prefer to fight in Japan. Iíve been doing it for a while. The way everything is put together with the promotion, thereís a lot less hassle. Even just some of the simpler things in terms of thereís food and blankets and pillows and mats and everything and itís all laid out for you backstage. They just really make sure that the fighter is taken care of and that theyíre as comfortable as they can be to fight the best fight that they can. But also, I love the events themselves. They seem bigger and larger than life.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): After you defeated Rizzo in July, Mirko Cro Cop is now the only man you have faced in your career that you havenít beat. Is a fourth fight with him and a win over him something thatís important to you for your legacy?

Josh Barnett: Uh, I donít really know. Sure I would love to beat him. I would love to have a win over him ó a very decisive, clear cut, you know, straight up finish. But it seemed to me that it was always a bad omen fighting Cro Cop. Whether it was dislocating my shoulder, to anything else that may have impeded my ability to be at my best. And that guy, when I fought him he was amazing. He fought incredible fights and he was a world champion. Heís tough. Heís tough as nails when heís on. And a win like that would always look good on my record.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Where do you see yourself on the list of top heavyweights in the world?

Josh Barnett: I donít give a shit about rankings. I just take a look at the list, you know, it doesnít matter where they place, I just know I can beat them all.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Is there bad blood between you and the UFC and is there ever a chance weíll see you back there? I mean, you never really lost your title.

Josh Barnett: Right, well I donít see it happening anytime soon, especially with the way that Iím able to fight in different organizations as it is right now. Dana White or whoever else it is out there seems to have a real issue with me beyond business. It doesnít matter who I like or dislike in terms of what organization. I just know that when it comes to doing business, I do business unless you are unethical or try to do something grievous to me through the rest of the contract or through business, then we canít work together. But I donít have to like anybody, I just have to do my job.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Do you want to make a prediction for the fight against Yvel?

Josh Barnett: Sure, I predict that Gilbert is going to be wishing he left his finger in the dike instead of coming over here and getting in the ring with me.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): (Laughs) Nice, thanks man. It was an honor getting a chance to talk with you. Is there anything else you want to talk about or anybody youíd like to thank?

Josh Barnett: Just my Web site and my MySpace page.

James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): Cool. Thanks again Josh and good luck to you in the future.

Josh Barnett: Thank you, too.
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