The secret to a long life,
Is knowing when it's time to go.
Josh Barnett, 36, appeared recently on The MMA Hour, and was asked how many fights he has left.
"I can't put a real number on it, because I won't know until that time comes," said Barnett as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMAFighting. "But I know that when it does, that's it, I'll have used up every aspect I have in terms of my athletic window. I can act, I can do other things, but once your athletic window is done there's no returning to fighting."
"Big Nog and me are two different types of fighters. Nogueira lived by his chin, he wasn't afraid to take a lot of punishment in order to dish out a whole lot of punishment. Personally, I know I can take a really big shot. I'd rather not. ... Nogueira is still a fantastic grappler and a good athlete, I know he's got decent boxing skills, but he hasn't necessarily been good about making the transition to not taking it on the chin. Chuck was known for taking one, taking two, three, four to give one, and eventually that caught up with him. Fighters have to be a lot more judicious about the way they fight. Once you start losing your chin, you can't fight that way any more. It just doesn't work."
"All fights interest me. Punching people in the face and watching them cry for their momma always interests me. ... I'm sure the opportunities will present themselves easily enough. There's plenty of heavyweights out there that could use a good ass kicking, and there's plenty who would like to see me do it."
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