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Has Josh Barnett Unofficially Retired From the UFC?


Longtime mixed martial arts legend, Josh Barnett (34-7) recently defeated Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 67 last weekend. Age didn’t seem to be too much of a factor for the 37 year old former Pride FC star but his manager made some claims that could come as a disappointment to Barnett fans he indicated that Josh may pursue a career in acting because the money is better.

Barnett’s manager Leland Lebarre appeared recently on UFC Tonight and said ‘The Warmaster’ could fight two months from now, or not until two years form now, or never.

Barnett had roles in two movies currently in post production – Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins and Never Back Down 3. Lebarre said he is not trying to pressure the UFC for more than the contracted show and win, but acting simply pays better. As much as Barnett enjoys the challenge of fighting even after 18 years, he may have to look to the future, and consider his finances first.

“Josh is healthy and could conceivably walk right into an elimination title fight right now because he is at peak physical condition,” said Lebarre, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. “However, he has big movie offer and frankly they pay better.”

Other than his decision win over Roy Nelson in their 5 round war, Barnett’s last 8 wins have come by way of stoppage, 3 knockouts and 5 submissions. Josh only has 2 losses in 7 years, one to the currently 5th ranked Travis “Hoppa” Browne and the other to the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel “DC” Cormier. Barnett defeated two former UFC Heavyweight Champions in that time as well, Frank Mir and Pedro Rizzo as well as Jeff Monson who once fought for that title.


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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.