Josh Barnett Plans to Use the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix as a Stepping Stone

Strikeforce heavyweights pose for the cameras during the press conference held on the Empire State Building. -- Photo by Esther Lin

On the Srikeforce press-conference in New York, Josh Barnett talked about the upcoming heavyweight grand prix. The former top ranked heavyweight has fallen on bad times recently, but now plans to use the tournament to jump start his career:

"This tournament is hugely important for MMA at large and especially for the heavyweight division because this is the greatest collection of heavyweight talent ever assembled for one tournament. This is not just a paper thing. The winner will be the No. 1 heavyweight in the world."

"I’m very excited and glad to be part of it and hope to use it as a stepping-stone to re-establish my career and to re-establish myself as the No. 1 fighter. I haven’t lost in years and don’t plan to now."

Josh "The Babyfaced Assassin" Barnett (29-5) -300
Win Geronimo dos Santos - TKO (Punches) Impact FC 1
Win Siala-Mou Siliga - Submission (Kimura) Dream
Win Gilbert Yvel - Submission (Punches) Affliction
Brett "The Grim" Rogers (11-2) +220
Win Ruben Villareal - Decision (Unanimous) W-1 MMA 6
Loss Alistair Overeem - TKO (Punches) Strikeforce
Loss Fedor Emelianenko - TKO (Punches) Strikeforce

Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Coverage

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