DREAM New Year! 2011: Josh Barnett and Hideki Suzuki Save NYE

It is no secret that I am not a Josh Barnett fan. Before I became the writer that you all know and love, I would compose open letters to certain MMA personalities that I took issue with, one of which is Barnett. Well this past weekend immediately after UFC 141, I became a Josh Barnett fan. At the DREAM New Years Eve event in Japan, he showcased his professional wrestling skills against Hideki Suzuki. For those of us who pulled off the incredible 15 hour marathon that evening/morning, the Barnett wrestling match was one of the highlights of the night.

Barnett and Suzuki put on an absolute clinic working some fantastic professional wrestling spots into a lot of technical grappling. Though it was an obvious work, Michael Schiavello calls the action as if the two were in fact having an MMA fight.

Among the high spots:

  • Sit-out Powerbomb
  • Northern Lights Suplex
  • Brain Buster to a pin
At the time I refused to do a play by play because I was enjoying the match way too much and even now I can't do it justice. Needless to say the match saved the night and made me stoked I decided to take the play by play duties.

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