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Fight Opinion Radio #57: Josh Barnett

By Zach Arnold | August 4, 2007

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A big 90-minute show this week. First, we go through the MMA calendar this month and preview some of the upcoming big fights in WEC & UFC. Second, we take a look at some of the absurd claims that Dana White made in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview. Our stance is pretty clear in regards to his credibility on certain issues.

Sheldon Goldberg stops by to make a brief appearance. He talks about the death of Karl Gotch and why MMA should pay attention to the story. After Sheldon’s segment, Josh Barnett stops by to talk about a lot of important issues in MMA. In the 40-minute interview, Barnett addresses the following topics:

  1. His thoughts on the death of Karl Gotch, who Gotch was, and what catch wrestling is all about
  2. The relationship between professional wrestling (and the U-System) to MMA
  3. Josh’s future plans in the fight game
  4. A debate about MMA fighter salaries and whether or not the pay structure in UFC is currently fair
  5. What kind of rating would Josh give UFC so far in terms of marketing the top PRIDE stars in the cage
  6. The prospects of Barnett vs. Fedor ever taking place (and if so, where it might happen)
  7. Thoughts on many MMA fighters recently failing drug tests and the issue of maintaining kayfabe in the fight industry
  8. Making the case that fighters are not educated enough about what supplements to avoid taking and how the state athletic commissions should improve their communications with fighters
  9. Making the case that the current drug testing process might be flawed
  10. Reminiscing about the 2001 UFC fight with Pedro Rizzo and his strategy going into the fight
  11. Where you can find Josh on the web ( & and who he’s currently training with (Ginele Marquez and Shayna Baszler)

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Topics: Erin Bucknell, Fight Opinion Radio, Japan, Jeff Thaler, Media, MMA, Pancrase, podcasts, PRIDE, Pro-Wrestling, UFC, WEC, WWE, Zach Arnold | 2 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

2 Responses to “Fight Opinion Radio #57: Josh Barnett”

  1. […] you haven’t listened to this week’s radio show with Josh Barnett, go listen now. Well worth taking 90 minutes out of your day to check it […]

  2. […] remind those readers that Barnett has long-been stating this position and he did so a while ago on Fight Opinion Radio. I do find it interesting how many of those UFC Mania commentators think that Couture could beat […]