Barnett: We fought for blood and for honor


Josh Barnett is old school. He has been fighting professionaly since 1997 and is the old fighter on the current UFC roster who also fought in the pre-Zuffa organization. Barnett recently spoke to MMAFighting and reflected on the good ole days and what the difference was between fighters of his generation and the new generation:

"Today there is the opportunity to branch out and to be a part of things that are outside of fighting. It has a broader acceptance from mainstream public. There's a lot more notoriety with this and a much bigger public spotlight that comes with it. As far as making a living, it's a far better opportunity now than it was when I started."

As the old guard slowly dwindles in number, Barnett remains one of the few active veterans to still remember the NHB days. He marvels at the massive leaps forward the sport has made since that era, although he believes it comes with a cost.

"I think that a lot of guys fight not for the reasons that we used to fight for," Barnett said. "There's a lot of guys that get in here and they just want to get in, make a run, think that they're going to be famous, make a lot of money, what have you. They fight for glory, where we fought for blood and for honor.

"There's still great, true fighters coming out of this, but these guys aren't quite as tough as they used to be. There's way better athletes, they're much better prepared, but some of these guys, they don't have that grit."

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danggook site profile image  

8/21/13 9:01 PM by danggook

His point would've been better made with rilebreaking savage street fighters

danggook site profile image  

8/21/13 9:00 PM by danggook

Barnett might win, but there is zero chance of him tapping mir out. ZERO

MT11 site profile image  

8/21/13 8:39 PM by MT11

Lol at comparing sport fighting to war. Idiot.

kingkoopa site profile image  

8/21/13 8:34 PM by kingkoopa

Id rather watch guys that train and fight on the side because they love fighting than watch guys that train and fight fulltime for the money only

6ULDV8 site profile image  

8/21/13 3:53 PM by 6ULDV8

It's crazy that he's only 35.  Dude's been around forever and a day.   The Rodney Dangerfield of the heavyweight division, because he didn't get any respect.   TTT

alkysmurf site profile image  

8/21/13 3:47 PM by alkysmurf

God damn viking death machine reincarnated into our day destined to rape and pillage!

Soup and Beer site profile image  

8/21/13 2:56 PM by Soup and Beer

Also true, but there wasn't any money in winning fights in the UFC back then unless you won the whole tournament.  Almost all of those guys were just your average Joes with regular jobs who happened to dabble in the martial arts.  There were no coaches or training camps unless you were a Gracie.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

8/21/13 2:50 PM by JimmersonzGlove

It's even more likely that today's MMA fighters wouldn't even enter those events.

Soup and Beer site profile image  

8/21/13 2:46 PM by Soup and Beer

I agree 100%.  But it's also fair to note that even today's bottom of the ladder MMA fighters would still likely beat the best NHB fighters of the same weight in the early 90's.  And beat them with their own NHB rules.

SKARHEAD site profile image  

8/21/13 2:43 PM by SKARHEAD

We all lost something when NHB morphed into MMA which morphed into TUF dyed mohawk dry humping/slap point winning.