The heavyweight division is historically the most prominent in fighting. Josh Barnett wrestles professionally, is a huge metal fan, acts part-time, races cars, and may be the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world.
But only the cool fans know it.
"I'm the one that all the hipsters love," he told MMAjunkie.com. "I'm like, 'Have you ever heard of Josh Barnett? Of course you haven't. You're not cool enough.'"
"I think what's difficult is my appeal is not solely in MMA. I'm sort of split amongst a lot of different genres, if you want to call it that. I'd say overall, I've got a lot stronger presence than a lot of MMA fighters.
"I walk into ... all these different places that not only do people know my name, but I'm friends with a lot of major players and movers and shakers. I've never been one to put myself into one area, anyway."
The hardcore fan base hopes that winning the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix will serve as an audition for the UFC, and that Barnett will once more fight the biggest names in the sport, maybe even recieve an immediate shot at the title (after a final promised post GP match in Strikeforce).
Barnett has another take.
"I don't audition for s---," Barnett said. "I go out there, I destroy, and I raise the ground. I don't need to go out there and show anybody anything."
"I think it will all work itself out. don't worry about it. I know things are going to go good for me."
"They've got the proof if they need it; they can just tune in and watch it themselves. I do this for myself. I don't do it for anyone."
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