UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett has been nominated for Revolver Mag's Most Metal Athlete Award. Do you part to prevent injustice, and make sure the right athlete wins.
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"It's the third time I've been nominated, hopefully the third one's the charm," Barnett told FOX Sports. "I can't remember who I lost to the first year, granted they certainly weren't as metal as I was. The second time I lost it was to the Dallas Cowboys O-lineman who had a really, really s----y metal band and he won. Unfortunately, it's a popularity contest sort of thing, not a grounded in reality kind of deal. I'm going to try just to help spread the word of death to false metal."
"I couldn't find out why basketball kid was nominated. I found what looked to be a mock interview with him talking about liking Venom and German thrash metal and whatever, and this is the same guy whose Wikipedia says he's a devout Christian and met his wife at a church thing and writes Bible verses on his shoes when he goes and plays. I'm like there's no way. So I can't imagine where the hell that came from.
"Then there's a skateboarder and a relief pitcher who likes Metallica. Well big f---ing deal, who doesn't like Metallica? Being metal is something more than liking a band or two, especially if it's a band can easily hear on the radio. It's about mentality and what you do."
"How many of these athletes have ever been to DeathFest? I'm going guarantee you that's a big fat zero besides myself. Being metal is a serious thing to those that are it. We don't take it lightly.
"It's like how nerds are, and I'm one of those as well, especially when you get some hot chicks out there that try to propagate nerd culture but just the surface of it and try to pick something that's already vastly known and hugely popular and try to quantify that for their nerd-dom to sell it off to those who are nerds for our attention. I hate that. There's tons of fake nerds out there and there are tons of fake metal people, too. I am death to false metal."
This is the first time Barnett has openly campaigned to win the award because just for once he'd enjoy seing a real metal head walk out with the most metal trophy. Although, even Barnett admits just talking about wanting to win probably goes against the idea of being metal to being with.
"I know what metal is to me," Barnett said. "The ironic thing about being really, really metal is something like this you don't even really buy into it."
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