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.