Barnett vs. Bigfoot feud simmering

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

Josh Barnett and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva can't agree on how their feud all got started.

"I talk to everybody, shake everybody's hand, and he wasn't like that. After I commented on that, he moved into commenting on my condition, and that's not something he should do."

"I didn't know gigantism made you so sensitive."

"What it came down to was, he didn't know me enough to know whether I was friendly or unfriendly, and he just started going off.

"Ten minutes before he got to the podium (at a post-fight press conference after the opening round of the tournament in New Jersey) I was talking about how much he'd improved as a fighter and how tough he was, so on and so forth. Then the next day I read the internet news and I'm going, what? He was saying I hate Brazilians, saying I'm a jerk, saying all sorts of stuff when he doesn't know me. But hey, I'm one to mess with somebody, so I said, sorry I'm not trying to be your best friend."

Tonight is the in the semifinal round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Pix tournament; Bigfoot and Barnett are on opposite sides of the bracket. Barnett fights Sergei Kharitonov, and Bigfoot faces Alistair Overeem's replacement, former U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier. They offer their predictions below.

"They're two great fighters," said Bigfoot. "It's going to be a great fight, but I'm rooting for [Barnett]. I want to fight him. I bet he's not thinking like that. I bet he's hoping that he doesn't have to face me in the finals."

Barnett has predicted a win for Cormier on Saturday night, citing the smaller man's wrestling skills as a difference-maker, but adds ""I could go on about this. I don't care about fighting him or anybody. Already I've given him too much press."

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easedel site profile image  

9/11/11 12:31 AM by easedel

Thought so :D

J-Tee site profile image  

9/10/11 7:18 PM by J-Tee

 beating fedor would inflate anyone's ego imo

dudefromisrael site profile image  

9/10/11 7:09 PM by dudefromisrael

Is writing 'Douche' fighter bashing?

easedel site profile image  

9/10/11 7:00 PM by easedel

Bigfoot does seem to be a bit sensitive now about things. That fedor win really inflated his ego

YonYones site profile image  

9/10/11 3:11 PM by YonYones

closest i've been to actually laughing on this site

thenino  site profile image  

9/10/11 2:59 PM by thenino

hey bigfoot silva...............why the long face?

JBob300 site profile image  

9/10/11 2:51 PM by JBob300

You teach how to escape triangle choke?

MickColins site profile image  

9/10/11 2:49 PM by MickColins

 Its strange. Barnett seems to put half the effort into being unlikable that Chael Sonnen does yet I dislike them both at the same level. Barnett must be more of a natural asshole.

Dean of Lean site profile image  

9/10/11 2:21 PM by Dean of Lean


Glovegate site profile image  

9/10/11 2:12 PM by Glovegate

Just like there's a 100% correlation between you being in a thread and that thread containing posts that bash Sonnen.Anderson might have lost just about every instant of that fight but he still won. Can you just take that and get over it so everyone else can move on?