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Josh Barnett Credits Mental Aspect As Major Part Of His Game Plan

Josh Barnett has the power to in his fist to end fights, but knows being mentally tough can play wonders when the bell rings.

“I definitely believe that the mental aspect is massive,” said Barnett to Fight Magazine. “Probably the biggest chunk of what is necessary because you think mental and you think just about your gameness in the ring or your attitude towards fighting. But mental encompasses a lot more than that. The mental aspect also includes training.”

The heavyweight returns to the UFC for the first time in over a decade when he takes on Frank Mir. Barnett fought for PRIDE, Affliction and most recently Strikeforce. He was released by the UFC for failing a drug test in 2002. At the time, he was their heavyweight champion.

Mir enters the Octagon off a pair of losses. He was finished by then champion Junior dos Santos in 2012 and that was met with a decision loss to Daniel Cormier in April. Mir is also a former heavyweight champion.

The two are a go for UFC 164 on August 31. They’re the co-main event from Milwaukee, WI’s BMO Harris Bradley Center.