Put Josh Barnett, Gary Laplante and I in a room with ‘Animals As Leaders‘ for a few hours and without a word being said, we will leave that room as brothers, bonded by the sound of Tosin Abasi and his eight-string baritone. When he performed an elaborate pro-wrestling match at his open workout in his first fight in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry tears of joy with MMA’s puroresu fanatics when he gave a passionate speech about his upcoming fight with Brett Rogers. Thinking about it, this could go for some time so I’ll get to the point. Josh Barnett is fighting Sergei Kharitonov in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix tomorrow night. He gave Heavy.com an interview where he had this to say.
“Winning any fight is always a big moment for me. I was glad to be back in the ring and there were a lot of people – or maybe I shouldn’t say a lot – but a there was a voice out there saying some not-so-kind things about me, so it was nice to see them eat crow. Truly, at the end of the day, it makes no difference what I do because people or going to say what they want to say. But from my perspective, I’ve always enjoyed making those who dislike me that much more unhappy. I like to make them really miserable.”
Another thing I like about Josh Barnett is that he can say things like “eat crow” without it sounding scripted. [Source]