|Born||Joshua Lawrence Barnett
November 10, 1977
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Other names||The Warmaster, The Babyfaced Assassin, The Philadelphia Jailbird, The Blue-eyed Kenshiro (Japan)|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||256 lb (116 kg; 18 st 4 lb)|
|Reach||78.0 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fullerton, California, U.S.|
|Rank||Honorary black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Erik Paulson
2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rigan Machado
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Representing United States|
|IBJJF World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship|
|2009 Long Beach||97.449+ kg (Black)|
Joshua Lawrence Barnett (born November 10, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC. He is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, as well as the inaugural and current Metamoris Heavyweight Champion. He has also won the King of Pancrase Openweight Championship and was a finalist in the PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix and the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship. Barnett claims a mixed martial arts record of "over 50-8" when both sanctioned and unsanctioned bouts are counted. He has also competed in Affliction, World Victory Road, DREAM and Impact FC.
As of October 2, 2016, he is #6 in the official UFC Heavyweight rankings.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Professional wrestling
- 4 Other features
- 5 Fighting style
- 6 Personal life
- 7 In wrestling
- 8 Championships and accomplishments
- 9 Mixed martial arts record
- 10 Submission grappling record
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Barnett had a troubled childhood and often got into fights. He was put into anger management programs at a young age and learned to cope with his anger by participating in athletics. Barnett attended Ballard High School, where he excelled at wrestling, football, and also trained in kickboxing. After seeing UFC 2 as a sophomore, he decided that he wanted to be a mixed martial arts fighter. Barnett had originally attended the University of Montana to play football for the school as a walk-on, but decided not to play the sport for the university. At the recommendation of an instructor at Montana, Barnett went to train at the dojo of Jim Harrison. Although he did not have the money for classes, he received training in exchange for helping with maintenance and labor at the dojo.
Mixed martial arts career
Barnett's documented professional debut was in early 1997 in Washington, competing for United Full Contact Federation. He won via rear-naked choke submission under three minutes into the fight. He would continue to dominate, reaching a 9-0 record with seven first-round stoppages and wins over future UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn, Bobby Hoffman, John Marsh, and Bob Gilstrap (twice). With a 9-0 record, Barnett was invited to compete in the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Barnett made his UFC debut at UFC 28 on November 17, 2000 against 6' 10" Gan "The Giant" McGee and Barnett won via TKO in the second round. He would bounce back and win his next two fights over 7' 0" Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt via armbar submission, and then received a submission win in a rematch with Bobby Hoffman. Subsequent to his win over Hoffman, Barnett tested positive for banned substances and was given a warning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Barnett was then given a title shot for the UFC Heavyweight Championship against then-champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. He won via TKO after using the ground and pound technique and became the new and youngest-ever UFC Heavyweight Champion. However, after the bout it was revealed that he had again tested positive for banned substances and his title was stripped.
Pancrase and PRIDE
Barnett competed in MMA in both PRIDE and Pancrase in Japan. While in Pancrase, he won its Openweight Grand Prix Championship 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 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 a close and controversial unanimous decision. He came back with a win against Kazuhiro Nakamura at PRIDE 31.
Barnett later beat Alexander Emelianenko by an americana submission in the second round of the PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix at PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute. He submitted Mark Hunt via kimura in the first round of the Openweight Grand Prix at Pride Critical Countdown Absolute. Barnett defeated Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira by split decision in the semi finals of the Openweight Grand Prix, however he lost the final match of the PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute to Filipović on September 10, 2006, submitting after an unintentional finger poke to the eye. In a post-fight interview, Barnett explained the incident: "I opened up my guard and I grabbed his leg to go for a leglock, and in the scramble Mirko put his hand out to post and he caught a finger deep in my right eye. And as soon as it happened I let go of the leg and grabbed my face, and I couldn't see anything at the time and I had no idea where he was and I just didn't want him to punt me in the face with a kick when I can't see and I'm blinded. He said, you know, 'Sorry' and I said to him that he was winning that night and it was an accident. He didn't mean [to do it]". This also marked the third time he was beaten by the MMA legend.
Next, Barnett fought the Polish Judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula at PRIDE 32, the organization's first show in the United States. 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: Sengoku
After the bout against Nogueira and the acquisition of PRIDE by the UFC, Barnett did not participate in any 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 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, submitting Hidehiko Yoshida with a heel hook in the third round, and defeating Jeff Monson by unanimous decision.
Since his contract with World Victory Road is not exclusive, Barnett was able to 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 one of the most anticipated match-up between the then ranked number one Heavyweight Emelianenko and number two Heavyweight Barnett. However, the fight was officially pulled 10 days before the fight by the California State Athletic Commission after Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids (a metabolite of drostanolone) for a second time. The event and Affliction Entertainment itself was cancelled July 24, 2009 as a result. Barnett requested that they test his "B" sample hoping there was an error in the test. His "B" sample was also positive.
Due to the positive drug tests, Barnett made a re-licensure appeal to the California State Athletic Commission(CSAC). The CSAC postponed Barnett's appeal three times. The first two postponements occurred 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 because of travel problems, causing the third extension, which would have taken place 22 February 2010.
Barnett was a no-show at his hearing on February 22, 2010, making this the fourth delay in his appeal. Shannon Hooper, Barnett's manager, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that on Monday February 22, 2010 Barnett was in Japan on Sunday February 21, 2010 for a professional wrestling match and would return to the U.S. later that day. He claimed he was unaware that his presence was required, but the CSAC stated they had notified him of this months before. Barnett later signed on with MMA organization Strikeforce.
Barnett signed to fight for DREAM in 2010, 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.
Barnett faced Brett Rogers on June 18, 2011 at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum in the opening round of a Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament. Barnett submitted Rogers with an arm-triangle choke in the second round of the bout.
He faced fellow finalist Daniel Cormier on May 19, 2012 at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier to determine the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion. Dana White announced if Barnett were to defeat Cormier, he would be allowed back into the UFC, "If he wins the fight, I can't see why he wouldn't come [to the UFC]." Barnett lost the bout via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45), losing for the first time in over 5 years. In January 2013, Barnett faced a promotional newcomer, Nandor Guelmino, at the final Strikeforce event. Barnett defeated Guelmino via arm-triangle choke submission in the first round.
Return to the UFC
After working as a coach on Road to UFC Japan, Barnett faced Roy Nelson in the main event at UFC Fight Night 75. He won the fight via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45). The win also earned Barnett his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Barnett faced Ben Rothwell on January 30, 2016 at UFC on Fox 18. He lost the fight in the second round due to a gogó choke, resulting in the first loss due to a submission hold during Barnett's lengthy MMA career.
Barnett next faced Andrei Arlovski on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93. He won the fight via submission in the third round, earning a Performance of the Night bonus. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
Barnett began his overseas career as a professional wrestler in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) organization, where he wrestled numerous matches in 2003 and 2004. In his first match, he wrestled champion Yuji Nagata for that promotions version of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Although unsuccessful in that match, Barnett formed a tag team with Perry Saturn and was undefeated in the following NJPW tour, Fighting Spirit 2003. Barnett wrestled over 50 matches in total for the NJPW promotion.
Since then, Barnett has been wrestling for Antonio Inoki's Inoki Genome Federation wrestling promotion. He debuted with the company in 2007 with a victory over Tadao Yasuda. He racked up victories against Don Frye and Montanha Silva before suffering his first loss against Naoya Ogawa. The same man he beat earlier in the night. Since the loss, he has been on a winning streak beating The Predator, Hitokui Yoshiki, Tank Abbott, Jon Andersen, Fonseca, Atsushi Sawada, Bob Sapp, Ultimate Mask, Tim Sylvia, Montanha Silva, Bobby Lashley and Hideki Suzuki.
Starting in February at IGF Genome 14, IGF began a title tournament to crown a new Heavyweight Champion and Barnett not only continued his winning streak but he advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament with his victory over Montanha Silva. In July at IGF Genome 16, he defeated Bobby Lashley with a cross armbreaker to advance to the finals of the title tournament. Was scheduled to face Jérôme Le Banner for the IGF Heavyweight Championship in a tournament final scheduled for August 27 at the IGF Super Stars Festival 2011. However, it was announced on August 19 that Barnett had to pull out of the match up and Le Banner was declared the first ever IGF champion on August 22. However, Josh Barnett would get his shot at the IGF Heavyweight Championship on December 2 against the champion, Jerome Le Banner. Barnett would lose the contest by knockout.
On New Year's Eve, Josh Barnett made his return to Japan for the DREAM, "Fight for Japan" event. At the event he would face Hideki Suzuki in an IGF Rules match. After a wrestling clinic was put on by both athletes, it was Barnett who won with a brainbuster to seal the victory.
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.
In the co-main event of Metamoris 4, Barnett faced Dean Lister, a multiple-time world champion in both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Barnett became the first person in sixteen years to defeat Lister via submission, tapping Lister with a scarf hold in the waning seconds of the match.
Barnett defines himself as a catch wrestler. His grappling technique is based on catch, utilizing the controls, rides and pinning holds from said discipline to exert pressure over his opponent and grind him down when the fight gets to the ground. In order to finish the match, he is skilled in the aspect of lockflow or chain wrestling, in which he gets from a position to another to get a submission hold. His expertise isn't limited to the grappling field, counting also on a powerful Muay Thai game which features the ability of switch stances through the fight, confusing his opponent and strengthening Barnett's assault. Notably, Barnett has showed as well the skill of including catch wrestling elements on his striking acumen, utilizing collar ties and wrist grips to set up elbows and knees against the fence.
In an interview on The Steve Austin Show, he (Barnett) confirmed that he is not religious. In his spare time, he enjoys driving and repairing automobiles, preferring vintage models. He is a self-proclaimed cinephile and cites the director's cut of Blade Runner as his favorite motion picture.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Icon Sport
- SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling
- Pancrase Openweight Championship (One time; Last)
- Two Successful Title Defenses
- Pride Fighting Championship
- Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
- International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- International Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- Gracie US Nationals 2010 – 206+ lb / Advanced No-Gi: 1st place
- Metamoris Heavyweight Champion (One time, first, current)
- One successful title defense vs. Ryron Gracie
- Metamoris Heavyweight Champion (One time, first, current)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|43 matches||35 wins||8 losses|
|Win||35–8||Andrei Arlovski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett||September 3, 2016||3||2:53||Hamburg, Germany||Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||34–8||Ben Rothwell||Submission (gogó choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader||January 30, 2016||2||3:48||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||34–7||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson||September 27, 2015||5||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Performance of the Night.|
|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, Australia|
|Win||28–5||Siala-Mou Siliga||Submission (kimura)||DREAM 13||March 22, 2010||1||4:41||Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||27–5||Gilbert Yvel||Submission (punches)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||Jan 24, 2009||3||3:05||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||26–5||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punch)||Affliction: Banned||Jul 19, 2008||2||1:44||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||25–5||Jeff Monson||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2||May 18, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||24–5||Hidehiko Yoshida||Submission (heel hook)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle||March 5, 2008||3||3:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||23–5||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE FC: Shockwave 2006||December 31, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||23–4||Pawel Nastula||Submission (toe hold)||PRIDE 32: The Real Deal||October 21, 2006||2||3:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–4||Mirko Filipović||Submission (punches)||PRIDE FC: Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||1||7:32||Saitama, Japan||2006 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.|
|Win||22–3||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (split)||PRIDE FC: Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2006 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||21–3||Mark Hunt||Submission (kimura)||PRIDE FC: Critical Countdown Absolute||July 1, 2006||1||2:02||Saitama, Japan||2006 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||20–3||Alexander Emelianenko||Submission (americana)||PRIDE FC: Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||2||1:57||Osaka, Japan||2006 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||19–3||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PRIDE 31: Dreamers||February 26, 2006||1||8:10||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||18–3||Mirko Filipović||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 30||October 23, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||18–2||Mirko Filipović||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 the Pancrase Openweight Championship.|
|Win||16–1||Yoshiki Takahashi||Submission (triangle armbar)||NJPW: Ultimate Crush II||October 13, 2003||2||2:52||Tokyo, Japan||Defended the 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 the 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 the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Title later stripped due to failed drug test.|
|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||Won SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament|
|Win||7–0||John Marsh||Submission (kimura)||SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||1||4:23||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals|
|Win||6–0||Juha Tuhkasaari||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||1||3:32||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Win||5–0||Trevor Howard||Submission (armbar)||UFCF 4||September 19, 1998||1||N/A||Washington, United States|
|Win||4–0||Bob Gilstrap||DQ (illegal strike)||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|
Submission grappling record
|Win||Ryron Gracie||Submission (toe hold)||Metamoris VI||May-9-2015||1||12:58||Brazilian jiu-jitsu rules||Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Dean Lister||Submission (scarf-hold choke)||Metamoris IV||Aug-9-2014||1||19:48||Brazilian jiu-jitsu rules|
|Loss||Ricardo Almeida||Submission (guillotine choke)||ADCC Absolute||2000|
|Loss||Mark Kerr||Submission (kimura)||ADCC +99||2000|
|Loss||Garth Taylor||Points||ADCC Absolute||1999||1||10:00|
|Win||Pedro Duarte||Submission||ADCC Absolute||1999||1||1:19|
|Loss||Mark Kerr||Points||ADCC +99 kg||1999||1||10:00|
|Win||Travis Fulton||Points||ADCC +99 kg||1999||1||15:00|
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|7th UFC Heavyweight Champion
March 22, 2002 – July 26, 2002
Barnett stripped of title
Title next held byRicco Rodriguez