Josh Barnett “The Babyfaced Assassin”

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Age 41
Gender Male
Height 6' 3"
Weight Class

Josh Barnett is an American heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and a professional wrestler. Barnett became the youngest UFC (heavyweight) champion in history after defeating Randy Couture in early 2002. After losing his UFC title, Barnett began his overseas career as a professional wrestler in the New Japan Pro Wrestling organization, but he also competed in MMA fights in both Pride and Pancrase in Japan. While in Pancrase, Barnett won its open-weight Grand Prix title. By winning this title, Barnett became one of the few fighters to be a titleholder in both Pancrase and the UFC. In 2008, Barnett joined the newly organized MMA promotion, Sengoku, and, in 2008 and 2009, fought in a number of Affliction promotions.

Professional Career Statistics

Pro Record 29-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length 19 years, 7 months, 23 days
Rounds Fought 63.7
Avg. Fights/Year 1.9
Longest Layoff 3 years
Quickest Turnaround 1 month, 11 days

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 8 18 3
Losses 2 3 3
Finish Rate 89.7%
Finished Rate 62.5%
Win by Decision Rate 10.3%
Loss by Decision Rate 37.5%
Win by KO Rate 27.6%
Loss by KO Rate 25.0%
Win by SUB Rate 62.1%
Loss by SUB Rate 37.5%
Win Method
Loss Method

Current Streak

1 Win

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 01:56
Fastest KO 01:56
Fastest SUB 02:02
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 1.6
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 08:08
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 2.1
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 10:18
Finish Rounds
Finished Rounds

Official Professional Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
Official MMA Fight Results 09/03/2016 W
(28-8-0)
Andrei Arlovski
(25-12-0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
UFN: ARLOVSKI vs. BARNETT
3 2:53
Official MMA Fight Results 01/30/2016 L
(28-7-0)
Ben Rothwell
(35-9-0)
HW
(241.0 vs. 265.0)
Submission
UFC on FOX 18: Bader vs. Johnson
2 3:48
Official MMA Fight Results 09/27/2015 W
(27-7-0)
Roy Nelson
(20-11-0)
HW
(265.0 vs. 265.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC Fight Night 75 (Japan): Nelson vs Barnatt
5 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 12/28/2013 L
(27-6-0)
Travis Browne
(13-1-1)
HW
(252.0 vs. 242.0)
TKO/RSC
UFC 168
1 1:00
Official MMA Fight Results 08/31/2013 W
(26-6-0)
Frank Mir
(16-7-0)
HW
(255.0 vs. 248.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 164: Pettis vs. Henderson
1 1:56
Official MMA Fight Results 01/12/2013 W
(25-6-0)
Nandor Guelmino
(8-3-0)
HW
(249.0 vs. 229.0)
Submission
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
1 2:11
Official MMA Fight Results 05/19/2012 L
(25-5-0)
Daniel Cormier
(9-0-0)
HW
(248.0 vs. 238.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals
5 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 09/10/2011 W
(24-5-0)
Sergei Kharitonov
(18-4-0)
HW
(261.0 vs. 256.5)
Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)
Strikeforce: World Grand Prix Semi Finals
1 4:23
Official MMA Fight Results 06/18/2011 W
(23-5-0)
Brett Rogers
(11-2-0)
HW
(258.0 vs. 256.0)
Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)
Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum
2 1:17
NSF 07/10/2010 W
(22-5-0)
Geronimo dos Santos
(13-9-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
Impact FC 1: The Uprising: Brisbane
1 2:35
NSF 03/22/2010 W
(21-5-0)
Mighty Mo
(2-1-0)
Submission (Kimura)
Dream 13
1 4:41
Official MMA Fight Results 01/24/2009 W
(20-5-0)
Gilbert Yvel
(34-12-1)
HW
(248.0 vs. 240.0)
Submission (Strikes)
Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning
3 3:05
Official MMA Fight Results 07/19/2008 W
(19-5-0)
Pedro Rizzo
(16-7-0)
HW
(242.0 vs. 256.0)
KO (Strike)
Affliction: Banned
2 1:44
NSF 05/18/2008 W
(18-5-0)
Jeff Monson
(25-7-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Sengoku - Second Battle
3 5:00
NSF 03/05/2008 W
(17-5-0)
Hidehiko Yoshida
(7-5-1)
Submission (Heel Hook)
World Victory Road: Sengoku
3 3:23
NSF 12/22/2007 W
(16-5-0)
Hikaru Sato
(17-17-2)
TKO/RSC
Pancrase 2007 Rising Tour 10
1 4:27
NSF 12/31/2006 L
(16-4-0)
Antonio Nogueira
(28-4-1)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Pride: Shock Wave 2006
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 10/21/2006 W
(15-4-0)
Pawel Nastula
(1-2-0)
HW
(243.0 vs. 235.0)
Submission (Ankle Lock)
Pride 32: The Real Deal
2 3:04
NSF 09/10/2006 W
(14-3-0)
Antonio Nogueira
(28-3-1)
Decision (Split Decision)
Pride: Final Conflict Absolute 2006
2 5:00
NSF 09/10/2006 L
(14-3-0)
Mirko Cro Cop
(19-4-2)
Submission (Punches)
Pride: Final Conflict Absolute 2006
1 7:32
NSF 07/01/2006 W
(13-3-0)
Mark Hunt
(5-1-0)
Submission (Kimura)
Pride: Critical Countdown Absolute 2006
1 2:02
NSF 05/05/2006 W
(12-3-0)
Aleksander Emelianenko
(8-1-0)
Submission (Keylock)
Pride: Total Elimination Absolute 2006
2 1:57
NSF 02/26/2006 W
(11-3-0)
Kazuhiro Nakamura
(8-4-0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Pride 31: Unbreakable
1 8:10
NSF 10/23/2005 L
(11-2-0)
Mirko Cro Cop
(16-3-2)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Pride 30: Fully Loaded
3 5:00
NSF 10/31/2004 L
(11-1-0)
Mirko Cro Cop
(12-2-2)
Submission (Injury)
Pride 28: High Octane
1 0:46
NSF 05/22/2004 W
(10-1-0)
Rene Rooze
(5-2-0)
KO (Strikes)
K-1: MMA Championship Romanex
1 2:15
NSF 12/31/2003 W
(9-1-0)
Semmy Schilt
(22-12-1)
Submission (Arm Bar)
Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003
2 4:48
NSF 10/13/2003 W
(8-1-0)
Yoshiki Takahashi
(26-16-3)
Submission (Triangle Choke)
New Japan Pro Wrestling: Ultimate Crush 2
2 2:52
NSF 08/31/2003 W
(7-1-0)
Yuki Kondo
(38-12-5)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Pancrase: 10th Anniversary Show
3 3:26
NSF 05/02/2003 W
(6-1-0)
Jamie Ambriz
(8-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Punches)
New Japan Pro Wrestling: Ultimate Crush
1 3:05
Official MMA Fight Results 03/22/2002 W
(5-1-0)
Randy Couture
(10-3-0)
HW
(243.0 vs. 226.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage)
UFC 36: Worlds Collide
2 4:35
NSF 11/02/2001 W
(4-1-0)
Bobby Hoffman
(27-3-1)
Submission (Strikes)
UFC 34: High Voltage
2 4:25
Official MMA Fight Results 06/29/2001 W
(3-1-0)
Semmy Schilt
(19-9-1)
Submission (Arm Bar)
UFC 32: Showdown In The Medowlands
1 4:21
Official MMA Fight Results 02/23/2001 L
(3-0-0)
Pedro Rizzo
(10-1-0)
KO (Punches)
UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk
2 4:21
Official MMA Fight Results 11/17/2000 W
(2-0-0)
Gan McGee
(7-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 28: High Stakes
2 4:32
NSF 02/08/2000 W
(1-0-0)
Daniel Severn
(36-3-3)
Submission (Arm Bar)
Superbrawl 16
4 1:21
NSF 01/11/1997 W
(0-0-0)
Chris Charnos
(1-1-0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
United Full Contact Federation: Clash of the Titans
1 2:41
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class

Amateur Career Statistics

Amateur Record 7-0-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length 2 years, 2 months
Rounds Fought 9.9
Avg. Fights/Year 3.2
Longest Layoff 11 months, 19 days
Quickest Turnaround 1 month, 30 days

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 1 3 2
Losses 0 0 0
Finish Rate 57.1%
Finished Rate 0.0%
Win by Decision Rate 28.6%
Loss by Decision Rate 0.0%
Win by KO Rate 14.3%
Loss by KO Rate 0.0%
Win by SUB Rate 42.9%
Loss by SUB Rate 0.0%
Win Method

Current Streak

7 Wins

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 00:00
Fastest KO 03:00
Fastest SUB -
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 1.4
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 04:13
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 0.0
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 00:00
Finish Rounds

Official Amateur Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
NSF 09/07/1999 W
(4-0-0)
Juha Tuhkasaari
(0-0-0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
Shooto : Superbrawl 13
1 3:32
NSF 09/07/1999 W
(4-0-0)
John Marsh
(0-0-0)
Submission
Shooto : Superbrawl 13
1 4:23
NSF 09/07/1999 W
(4-0-0)
Bobby Hoffman
(0-0-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Shooto : Superbrawl 13
3 5:00
NSF 09/19/1998 W
(3-0-0)
Trevor Howard
(0-0-0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
United Full Contact Federation: Night of Champions
0 :00
NSF 03/14/1998 W
(2-0-0)
Bob Gilstrap
(0-1-0)
Disqualification
United Full Contact Federation: Night of Champions
1 0:42
NSF 09/06/1997 W
(1-0-0)
Chris Munsen
(2-1-0)
TKO/RSC
United Full Contact Federation: Road to the Championships 2
1 0:00
NSF 07/07/1997 W
(0-0-0)
Bob Gilstrap
(0-0-0)
Decision
United Full Contact Federation: Road to the Championships 1
1 0:00
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class