|Former UFC Heavyweight champion|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in|
|Listed weight||252 lb|
|Born|| November 10, 1977|
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Fighting out of||Fullerton, California, United States|
|Trained by||Erik Paulson|
|Organization||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
Joshua L. Barnett (born November 10, 1977, in Seattle, Washington) is an American heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and a professional wrestler. He has an MMA record of 33–7–0, with three of those seven losses coming vs Mirko "Crocop" Filipović. Barnett has been a heavyweight world champion in mixed martial arts, winning the UFC heavyweight title and the open-weight King of Pancrase title. He also was a finalist in the PRIDE open-weight Grand Prix 2006. He is the only person in MMA history to test positive for anabolic steroids three times.
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
A graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington, Barnett became one of the youngest (UFC) Heavyweight Champion in history after defeating Randy Couture in early 2002. Later that year, the title was stripped from Barnett after having tested positive for three anabolic agents; Boldenone metabolite, Fluoxymesterone metabolite and Nandrolone metabolite. His fighting license was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a hearing on July 26, 2002, where he denied ever having used steroids.
Pancrase and PrideEdit
After losing his UFC title, Josh Barnett began his overseas career as a professional wrestler in the New Japan Pro Wrestling organization, but he also competed in MMA fights in both Pride and Pancrase in Japan. While in Pancrase, he won its open-weight Grand Prix title by defeating Yuki Kondo. Winning this title put him alongside the likes of Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock and Bas Rutten as one of the few fighters to be a titleholder in both Pancrase and the UFC.
In his first fight in Pride, at Pride 28 against Croatian Mirko "Crocop" Filipović, he suffered a simultaneous fracture and dislocated shoulder injury that required surgery and over six months of rehab. His first fight back post-injury was a rematch against Filipović at Pride 30, which he lost by unanimous decision. He came back with a win against Kazuhiro Nakamura at Pride 31.
Barnett later beat Aleksander Emelianenko by a keylock submission in the second round of the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix at Pride Total Elimination Absolute. He submitted Mark Hunt via kimura in the second round of the Open Weight Grand Prix at Pride Critical Countdown Absolute. Barnett defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by split decision in the semi finals of the Open Weight Grand Prix, however he lost the final match of the Pride Final Conflict Absolute to Filipović on September 10, 2006 submitting after an accidental poke to the eye; this was his third consecutive loss to Filipović.
Next, Barnett fought the Polish Judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula at Pride 32, the organization's first show in the USA. To fight again in Nevada, the Nevada State Athletic Commission required that Barnett pass a mandatory drug test. In a surprisingly competitive match, Nastula controlled the first round and most of the second. Barnett reversed Nastula from the bottom and was able to secure a toe-hold submission, which earned him the victory. At a post fight press conference, Barnett complimented Nastula on his performance. Nastula, however, subsequently tested positive for steroids. Barnett then lost a rematch by unanimous decision to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at Pride Shockwave 2006.
World Victory Road: SengokuEdit
After the bout against Nogueira and the acquisition of Pride by the UFC, Barnett did not participate in MMA events in 2007, except one Pancrase match against Hikaru Sato, which was held under catch wrestling rules on Dec. 22. Barnett did not follow many other Pride veterans to the UFC because he desired to join an organization that also included the top heavyweight fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko. In 2008, Barnett joined the newly organized MMA promotion, Sengoku, and fought in consecutive main events at Sengoku 1 and Sengoku 2, defeating Hidehiko Yoshida by submission in the third round and Jeff Monson by unanimous decision.
Since his contract with World Victory Road is not exclusive, Barnett can join other MMA events. Barnett participated in the inaugural MMA event held by Affliction Entertainment, in July 2008. Seven years after his only knockout loss to Pedro Rizzo, he avenged that loss at Affliction: Banned with a knockout of his own in the second round.
In January 2009, Barnett fought Pride veteran Gilbert Yvel at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Barnett defeated Yvel by a submission resulting from strikes in the third round. His next match-up, scheduled on August 1, 2009 against Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction's 3rd event Affliction: Trilogy, was officially pulled 10 days before the fight by the California State Athletic Commission after Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids. The event and Affliction Entertainment itself was cancelled July 24, 2009 as a result. Barnett requested a re-test, subsequently he also failed that one.
Due to the positive drug tests, Barnett has made a re-licensure appeal to the California State Athletic Commission(CSAC). The CSAC has postponed Barnett's appeal three times. The first two postponements happened because Barnett's law firm required additional information from the laboratory that conducted Barnett's tests. Michael J. DiMaggio, Barnett's attorney, was unable to attend the hearing due to travel problems, causing the third extension, which will take place at 22 February, 2010 
Josh was a no-show at this hearing on February 22nd, 2010, making this the fourth delay in his appeal, Shannon Hooper, Barnett's manager, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday February 22nd, 2010 that Barnett was in Japan on Sunday February 21st, 2010 for a pro wrestling match and will return to the U.S. later today. His reason was he was unaware that his presence was required, but the CSAC said they had notified him of this months before. Josh Barnett is currently in negotiations with MMA organization Strikeforce but both sides have yet to reach an agreement on compensation.
Barnett signed to fight for DREAM and made his debut on March 22, 2010 at DREAM.13 against Mighty Mo. He won the fight via submission in the first round. During the fight, he accidentally kicked Mighty Mo in the groin so immediately after winning the fight, Barnett approached Mighty Mo apologizing for the illegal strike and in return allowed Mighty Mo to knee him in the groin.
On September 13, 2010 it was announced that Josh Barnett had signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Barnett faced Brett Rogers in the Strikeforce Heavyweight tournament on June 18, 2011. Barnett took control of the fight quickly by taking Rogers down and wearing "Da Grim" down for most of the first round. In round 2, Barnett finished the fight via submission (arm-triangle choke) and advanced to the semi finals.
In the finals of the grand prix, Barnett took on Daniel Cormier, who was originally an alternate, however, Cormier replaced Alistair Overeem when Overeem was removed from the tournament due to injury. Barnett lost a five round unanimous decision. Both men broke their hand in the first round.
Barnett returned to the octagon against former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir on August 31, 2013. Barnett came out aggressive early, pushing Mir against the fence and throwing a barrage of knees and punches before landing a knee to the temple that dropped Mir immediately, the referee stepped in quickly and Barnett got the first round TKO.
Four months later, Barnett took on up-and-comer "Hapa" Travis Browne at UFC 168 on December 28. A minute into the first round, Barnett was knocked out due to elbows after shooting in for a takedown.
Barnett has appeared in the Xbox 360 game Beautiful Katamari as one of the people that can be rolled up. He appears as the rare person "Wrestler" in his signature trunks and Pride FC gloves.
Billy Robinson had contributed immensely in training Barnett. Barnett teaches catch wrestling at Erik Paulson's CSW Training Center in Fullerton, California. He is the primary trainer and manager of female fighter Megumi Fujii and listed on the Abe Ani Combat Club's website as a team wrestling coach and friend.
Barnett competed in the California Classic 2009 BJJ Tournament on November 15, 2009. Barnett lost a decision to ADCC veteran and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Romulo Barral from Gracie Barra in the Black Belt GI Absolute division. On December 19, 2009, Paulson awarded Barnett his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Even though Barnett had never trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he was given his belt based on competition merit and overall knowledge.
Barnett appeared as himself in an episode of the 2013 web series Black Dynamite Teaches a Hard Way!, where a Black Dynamite mannequin teaches him the consequences of littering.
Barnett is also a huge fan of the metal band Every Time I Die, and can often be seen side stage at Los Angeles shows. He has even acted as a security guard on stage by tossing stage-divers into the audience.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- International Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- Gracie US Nationals 2010 – 206+ lb / Advanced No-Gi: 1st place
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|5||0 wins||0 losses|
|Loss||33–7||Travis Browne||KO (elbows)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||1||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||33–6||Frank Mir||TKO (knee)||UFC 164||August 31, 2013||1||1:56||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||32–6||Nandor Guelmino||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine||January 12, 2013||1||2:11||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||31–6||Daniel Cormier||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.|
|Win||31–5||Sergei Kharitonov||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||1||4:28||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||30–5||Brett Rogers||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||2||1:17||Dallas, Texas, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||29–5||Geronimo dos Santos||TKO (punches)||Impact FC 1||July 10, 2010||1||2:35||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Win||28–5||Mighty Mo||Submission (kimura)||Dream 13||March 22, 2010||1||4:41||Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||27–5||Gilbert Yvel||Submission (punches)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||3||3:05||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||26–5||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punch)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||2||1:44||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||25–5||Jeff Monson||Decision (unanimous)||Sengoku: Second Battle||May 18, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||24–5||Hidehiko Yoshida||Submission (heel hook)||Sengoku: First Battle||March 5, 2008||3||3:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||23–5||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Shockwave 2006||December 31, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||23–4||Pawel Nastula||Submission (toe hold)||Pride 32||October 21, 2006||2||3:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–4||Mirko Filipovic||Submission (punches)||Pride Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||1||7:32||Saitama, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Final.|
|Win||22–3||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (split)||Pride Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||21–3||Mark Hunt||Submission (kimura)||Pride Critical Countdown Absolute||July 1, 2006||1||2:02||Saitama, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||20–3||Aleksander Emelianenko||Submission (keylock)||Pride Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||2||1:57||Osaka, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||19–3||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pride 31||February 26, 2006||1||8:10||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||18–3||Mirko Filipovic||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 30||October 23, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||18–2||Mirko Filipovic||Submission (shoulder injury)||Pride 28||October 31, 2004||1||0:46||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||18–1||Rene Rooze||TKO (punches)||K-1 MMA: Romanex||May 22, 2004||1||2:15||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||17–1||Semmy Schilt||Submission (armbar)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003||December 31, 2003||3||4:48||Hyogo, Japan||Defended Pancrase Openweight Championship.|
|Win||16–1||Kazuo Takahashi||Submission (triangle armbar)||NJPW: Ultimate Crush II||October 13, 2003||2||2:52||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Pancrase Openweight Championship. |
|Win||15–1||Yuki Kondo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase: 10th Anniversary Show||August 31, 2003||3||3:26||Tokyo, Japan||Won Pancrase Openweight Championship.|
|Win||14–1||Jimmy Ambriz||TKO (knee and punches)||NJPW: Ultimate Crush||May 2, 2003||1||3:05||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–1||Randy Couture||TKO (punches)||UFC 36||March 22, 2002||2||4:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won UFC Heavyweight Championship; Stripped of title due to positive test for banned substances.|
|Win||12–1||Bobby Hoffman||Submission (punches)||UFC 34||November 2, 2001||2||4:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Tested positive for banned substances and given a warning by the NSAC.|
|Win||11–1||Semmy Schilt||Submission (armbar)||UFC 32||June 29, 2001||1||4:21||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||10–1||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punch)||UFC 30||February 23, 2001||2||4:21||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–0||Gan McGee||TKO (punches)||UFC 28||November 17, 2000||2||4:34||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Super Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||9–0||Dan Severn||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 16||February 8, 2000||4||1:21||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||8–0||Bobby Hoffman||Decision (unanimous)||SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||7–0||John Marsh||Submission (kimura)||SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||1||4:23||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||6–0||Juha Tuhkasaari||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||1||3:32||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–0||Trevor Howard||Submission (armbar)||UFCF 4||September 19, 1998||1||N/A||Washington, United States|
|Win||4–0||Bob Gilstrap||Disqualification||UFCF 3||March 14, 1998||1||0:42||Lynnwood, Washington, United States|
|Win||3–0||Chris Munsen||TKO (punches)||UFCF 2||September 6, 1997||1||N/A||Washington, United States|
|Win||2–0||Bob Gilstrap||Decision (unanimous)||UFCF 2||July 7, 1997||1||10:00||Washington, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Charnos||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFCF 1||January 11, 1997||1||2:41||Washington, United States|
- ↑ Heavyweight Rankings. MMAWeekly.com (January 21, 2009). Archived from the original on March 6, 2006. Retrieved on January 27, 2009.
- ↑ BARNETT: POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE. sherdog.com. Retrieved on July 28, 2009.
- ↑ CSAC: BARNETT POSITIVE FOR STEROID. sherdog.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2009.
- ↑ Iole, Kevin (August 14, 2004). UFC fighter flunks drug test. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved on September 12, 2007.
- ↑ Trembow, Ivan (October 26, 2006). Vitor and Pawel Nastula Test Positive. MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved on January 27, 2009.
- ↑ Yu, Al (July 16, 2007). Josh Barnett Playing The Field. MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved on July 19, 2007.
- ↑ Affliction “Banned” Results. mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved on July 20, 2008.
- ↑ Stupp, Dann (July 22, 2009). CSAC: Affliction's Josh Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroid, license denied. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved on July 22, 2009.
- ↑ BARNETT’S CSAC APPEAL POSTPONED A THIRD TIME. sherdog.com. Retrieved on December 21, 2009.
- ↑ Josh Barnett's appeal with CSAC delayed fourth time after fighter no-shows hearing. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved on February 22, 2010.
- ↑ Strikeforce in Talks With Josh Barnett. bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved on January 9, 2010.
- ↑ Josh Barnett Submits Mighty Mo in an Ugly Fight. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
- ↑ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=stats.fightCard&eid=a97fce8c-6f8a-430f-9dd9-ef947704dd0d
- ↑ Strikeforce inks heavyweight notable Josh Barnett. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25.
- ↑ Josh Barnett Submits Brett Rogers, Advances in Strikeforce Tournament. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on June 18, 2011.
- ↑ Josh Barnett Submits Sergei Kharitonov to Advance to Finals. heavy.com. Retrieved on September 11, 2011.
- ↑ DANIEL CORMIER DOMINATES JOSH BARNETT IN STRIKEFORCE HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX FINAL. sherdog.com. Retrieved on May 19, 2012.
- ↑ Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett both broke their hands in the first round of their Strikeforce bout. sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on May 20, 2012.
- ↑ Strikeforce results: Josh Barnett chokes out Nandor Guelmino in two minutes. mmamania.com. Retrieved on January 12, 2013.
- ↑ Josh Barnett officially declines UFC contract offer. Ariel Helwani (2013-02-06). Retrieved on 2013-02-06.
- ↑ John Morgan (May 21, 2013). USA TODAY: Former UFC champ Barnett returns to promotion with multi-fight deal. mmajunkie.com.
- ↑ UFC 164 RESULTS: ‘HENDERSON VS. PETTIS’ PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES. sherdog.com. Retrieved on August 31, 2013.
- ↑ Travis Browne makes title statement. espn.go.com. Retrieved on December 28, 2013.
- ↑ Catch Wrestling Lives! Josh Barnett Awarded BJJ Black Belt (PHOTO). Gogoplata.com.com.
- ↑ Josh Barnett gets BJJ Black Belt - Mixed Martial Arts News. Mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-15.
- ↑ Black Dynamite Teaches Josh Barnett About "Littering". Black Dynamite (2013-03-01). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
- ↑ http://www.podcastone.com/Steve-Austin-Show
- ↑ http://ec.libsyn.com/p/d/8/5/d85e193258d270f7/p397.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01c08734d7c95437c5&c_id=6186427
- ↑ Josh Barnett wins world jiu-jitsu 'no-gi' championship. MMA Mania (2009-11-09). Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
- ↑ World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2009 Results. bjjgrappler (2009-11-08). Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
- ↑ Josh Barnett Wins No-Gi Gold At 2010 Gracie Nationals. World Combat News (2010-01-26). Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
- ↑ Strong Style Spirit. Puroresufan.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-15.