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Josh Barnett rains on Randy Couture’s parade

Josh Barnett has left the following message on his website,, in which he speaks out on UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture’s win over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74 this past Saturday:

Let’s get straight to it and say that Randy did a phenomenal job at UFC 74 in defending his title. As a fan and a fellow Washingtonian I was happy to see him win. But as for the title itself — it still sits in my house. No one in UFC ever beat me for it, and as far as I am concerned, no one in the UFC can be the heavyweight champion until they take that belt off of me in the cage.

At the post fight press conference, Dana White said ”there isn’t anyone in the world that can beat this guy” in reference to Randy. All this because Randy beat a guy that had less than ten fights and only one noteworthy win? That’s not even a world championship level fight, let alone reason to proclaim the winner as “unbeatable”. This comment was made even more ridiculous by the fact that I was standing right there, living proof that Randy Couture is definitely beatable.

“Unbeatable”, Dana says. If he actually believes that, I’m more than willing to step into the cage and prove him wrong. It wouldn’t even have to be for the belt. I already got the real belt. They can keep their pile of brass they purport as the UFC Heavyweight Title and put it on their next paper champ.


That’s some pretty harsh stuff but before you comment please keep in mind that Barnett is a student of pro wrestling and has done a lot of it in Japan in the past. In fact, he’ll be wrestling for Antonio Inoki’s promotion in Japan on September 8 against former NCAA wrestling champ and ex-WWE wrestler Sylvester Terkay. Barnett’s comments could simply be a ploy to get him some headlines and keep his name in play. Just like Brock Lesnar, it’s another mission accomplished.

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