Newly acquired Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Josh “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Barnett is unsure of when he will make his eventual promotional debut, but he assured MMAWeekly.com recently that when he does, blood will hit the canvas.
“When it comes down to it, the thing that matters most to me is being able to fight,” Barnett said. “I just want to make sure I can get out there and crack as many heads as possible … [Visibility] matters big time, ‘Cause when I dislocate and tear somebody’s head completely off their shoulders and spew blood all over the ring, and then drink it, I want the whole world to see it. I’d love to fight on CBS. Punch somebody so hard that their eyeballs pop out of their head. We haven’t really hit on any solid dates yet or anything like that, or even opponents. For me right now, I’m getting ready for my pro wrestling match. I’m training and staying healthy and focusing on that. Then I’ve get Megumi Fujii’s fight at the end of this month, Sept. 30 in the semifinal round of Bellator. So I’ve definitely got plenty of stuff to keep me busy right now. In due time. There’s not too many people all that chomping at the bit and so ready to meet their death.”
Barnett is widely considered to be one of the world’s best heavyweights, having beaten the likes of Randy Couture, Pedro Rizzo, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jeff Monson, Mark Hunt and more. Unfortunately, Barnett is known as much for his impressive record as he is for his frequent runnings afoul with state athletic commissions. Barnett has tested positive for steroids on more than one occasion and, most infamously, contributed heavily to the demise of Affliction as a fight promotion when he failed a pre-fight test for a scheduled bout with Fedor Emelianenko. The controversial but talented fighter will be looking to keep his six-fight winning streak alive when he makes his Strikeforce debut but it looks like “The Baby-Faced Assassin” will be making a trip to Japan for some pro wrestling before he steps back into the cage.