Saturday, October 2, 2010

Josh Barnett Tells it Like it Is, Compares Strikeforce Heavyweight Division to UFC's

The name says it all -- Joshua. In the Bible, Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land following the death of Moses, but doing so meant telling telling some people about themselves, hurting some feelings. If the same holds true for another man named Joshua -- Joshua Lawrence Barnett -- the ill-famed mixed martial artist may just be the one to lead the Strikeforce heavyweight division to the "Promised Land."

Barnett recently signed with Strikeforce, a move that adds another elite fighter to the highly competitive but shallow Strikeforce heavyweight division. As the promotion's newest addition, Barnett joins Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, Andre Arlovski, Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva, and current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem in a class of fighters that is often overshadowed by the UFC's highly regarded heavyweight divison. But if there was ever a right fighter to lead the Strikeforce heavyweight stable out of the overcast, Josh Barnett would be the best pick. Barnett shares his thoughts on the Strikeforce-UFC heavyweight comparison in an interview with MMAWeekly:

"The Strikeforce heavyweight division is really phenomenal right now. I guess one way to look at it would be look at me, Fedor, Alistair, Bigfoot, Arlovski, and Werdum, and look at our records and stack them up. If you count all the wins that we have under our belts that far surpasses the top five guys in the UFC's amount of fights even.

"Granted, just because you don't have a lot of fights that doesn't mean you're not a great fighter, but I definitely think we've got a big edge with that kind of veteran, international talent.

"With that kind of time spent in the ring and the cage, we've fought under all kinds of different rules, we've been in all kinds of different wars, and I think it's going to pay off when the people tune in to go and watch us fight.

"At any moment things can swing around. Guys you would expect to excel sometimes, sometimes don't, and sometimes somebody steps into the limelight and really shines.

"I’m going to bring the same kind of ferocity and relentless, merciless kind of fighting in the ring. No one's going to be disappointed in my entry."

Josh Barnett's entrance into the Strikeforce heavyweight division will help add much needed depth to their roster, but the question of quality entertainment is an area that Strikeforce has yet to fulfill when it comes to head-on competition with the UFC. No official fight dates have been reported for Barnett but he is expected to make his promotional debut before year's end.

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