Josh Barnett Talks Stoppage Win Over Frank Mir and Possible Title Shot

Josh Barnett earned his first UFC win in more than 11 years with a first round TKO win over Frank Mir at UFC 164.

Barnett’s last fight in the UFC was a 2002 second round TKO victory over then heavyweight champion Randy Couture. Barnett claimed the title with that win, but his reign was short lived. Barnett was stripped of the belt and released from the UFC after his drug test revealed that he had a mixture of performance enhancing drugs coursing through his veins at the time he earned the win over Couture.

Following his win over Mir, Barnett was a guest on the Fox Sports UFC 164 post-fight show and the former champion showed that he had the ability to poke fun at his past. When asked if he believed he would get another title shot in the UFC Barnett replied. "Damn right. In fact, my biggest worry is not whether or not I’m going to get a title shot, but how many wisenheimers are going to crack wise with the word shot in there associated with me and hashtags."

All right we get it, Barnett has the ability to poke fun at himself, but keep in mind, this is the same man that tested positive for steroids before a scheduled fight with Fedor Emelianenko with the Affliction promotion in 2009. He also received a slap on the wrist warning in 2001 as a member of the UFC.

Yes, Barnett has a history of failing drug tests, and that fact may keep him out of the mix for a title shot. That’s something that the UFC is going to have to think long and hard about.

As for his win over Mir, Mir protested the stoppage and UFC president Dana White took to twitter to air his feelings on the referee waving things off at the 1:56 mark of Round One:

Fucking ridiculous stoppage!!!! The guys with experience make mistakes. That guy had no business being in the Co Main event!

As for Barnett he made his feelings on any stoppage clear. "Honestly, I don’t want it stopped until they can’t even remember their name. I would say, from my perspective that it was fortuitous that it was stopped, but I understand Frank’s grief. I understand where the ref came from because he saw him drop so fast. It’s a bummer."

If the UFC wants Barnett to face Mir in a rematch, he has no problem with that, "I’ll fight anybody, anywhere, any time. I don’t have any problems or any qualms fighting, fighting is what comes easy to me."

Barnett was ranked No. 10 in the UFC’s heavyweight division prior to Saturday’s fight. It would be a shock if he did not climb the ladder with his victory over Mir.

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