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Josh Barnett

Born November 10, 1977 (1977-11-10) (age 32)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Other names The Baby Faced Assassin
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Weight 255 lb (116 kg; 18.2 st)
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)[1]
Style Catch wrestling
Team CSW
Rank      black belt in BJJ
MMA record
Total 29
Wins 24
By knockout 5
By submission 15
Losses 5
Draws 0

Joshua L. Barnett (born November 10, 1977, in Seattle, Washington) is an American heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and a professional wrestler. He has an MMA record of 24–5–0, with three of those five losses coming vs Mirko "Crocop" Filipović.[2] Barnett has been a heavyweight world champion in mixed martial arts, winning the UFC heavyweight title and the open-weight King of Pancrase title. He also was a finalist in the PrideFC open-weight Grand Prix 2006. He is the only person in MMA history to test positive for anabolic steroids three times.[3]





A graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington, Barnett became the youngest (UFC) Heavyweight Champion and the youngest UFC champion in history after defeating Randy Couture in early 2002. Later that year, the title was stripped from Barnett after having tested positive for three anabolic agents; Boldenone metabolite, Fluoxymesterone metabolite and Nandrolone metabolite.[4] His fighting license was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a hearing on July 26, 2002, where he denied ever having used steroids.[5]

Pancrase and Pride

After losing his UFC title, Josh Barnett began his overseas career as a professional wrestler in the New Japan Pro Wrestling organization, but he also competed in MMA fights in both Pride and Pancrase in Japan. While in Pancrase, he won its open-weight Grand Prix title by defeating Yuki Kondo. Winning this title put him alongside the likes of Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock and Bas Rutten as one of the few fighters to be a titleholder in both Pancrase and the UFC.

In his first fight in Pride, at Pride 28 against Croatian Mirko "Crocop" Filipović, he suffered a simultaneous fracture and dislocated shoulder injury that required surgery and over six months of rehab. His first fight back post-injury was a rematch against Filipović at Pride 30, which he lost by unanimous decision. He came back with a win against Kazuhiro Nakamura at Pride 31.

Barnett later beat Aleksander Emelianenko by a keylock submission in the second round of the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix at Pride Total Elimination Absolute. He submitted Mark Hunt via kimura in the second round of the Open Weight Grand Prix at Pride Critical Countdown Absolute. Barnett defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by split decision in the semi finals of the Open Weight Grand Prix, however he lost the final match of the Pride Final Conflict Absolute to Filipović on September 10, 2006 submitting after an accidental poke to the eye; this was his third consecutive loss to Filipović.

Next, Barnett fought the Polish Judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula at Pride 32, the organization's first show in the USA. To fight again in Nevada, the Nevada State Athletic Commission required that Barnett pass a mandatory drug test. In a surprisingly competitive match, Nastula controlled the first round and most of the second. Barnett reversed Nastula from the bottom and was able to secure a toe-hold submission, which earned him the victory. At a post fight press conference, Barnett complimented Nastula on his performance. Nastula, however, subsequently tested positive for steroids.[6] Barnett then lost a rematch by unanimous decision to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at Pride Shockwave 2006.

World Victory Road: Sengoku

After the bout against Nogueira and the acquisition of Pride by the UFC, Barnett did not participate in MMA events in 2007, except one Pancrase match against Hikaru Sato, which was held under catch wrestling rules on Dec. 22. Barnett did not follow many other Pride veterans to the UFC because he desired to join an organization that also included the top heavyweight fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.[7] In 2008, Barnett joined the newly organized MMA promotion, Sengoku, and fought in consecutive main events at Sengoku 1 and Sengoku 2, defeating Hidehiko Yoshida by submission in the third round and Jeff Monson by unanimous decision.

Affliction Entertainment

Since his contract with World Victory Road is not exclusive, Barnett can join other MMA events. Barnett participated in the inaugural MMA event held by Affliction Entertainment, in July 2008. Seven years after his only knockout loss to Pedro Rizzo, he avenged that loss at Affliction: Banned with a knockout of his own in the second round.

In January 2009, Barnett fought Pride veteran Gilbert Yvel at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Barnett defeated Yvel by a submission resulting from strikes in the third round. His next match-up, scheduled on August 1, 2009 against Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction's 3rd event Affliction: Trilogy, was officially pulled 10 days before the fight by the California State Athletic Commission after Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids.[8] The event and Affliction Entertainment itself was cancelled July 24, 2009 as a result. Barnett requested a re-test, subsequently he also failed that one.


Due to the positive drug tests, Barnett has made a re-licensure appeal to the California State Athletic Commission(CSAC). The CSAC has postponed Barnett's appeal three times. The first two postponements happened because Barnett's law firm required additional information from the laboratory that conducted Barnett's tests. Michael J. DiMaggio, Barnett's attorney, was unable to attend the hearing due to travel problems, causing the third extension, which will take place at 22 February, 2010 [9]

Josh was a no-show at this hearing on February 22nd, 2010, making this the fourth delay in his appeal, Shannon Hooper, Barnett's manager, told ( on Monday February 22nd, 2010 that Barnett was in Japan on Sunday February 21st, 2010 for a pro wrestling match and will return to the U.S. later today. His reason was he was unaware that his presence was required, but the CSAC said they had notified him of this months before. Sadly this does not bode well for his career [10] Josh Barnett is currently in negotiations with MMA organization Strikeforce but both sides have yet to reach an agreement on compensation. [11]


Barnett has recently signed to fight for DREAM and is expected to make his debut on March 22, 2010 at DREAM.13.[12] Barnett will fight Siala-Mou "Mighty Mo" Siligia (3-1 MMA) at DREAM.13.[13]

Other features

Barnett has also appeared in the Xbox 360 game Beautiful Katamari as one of the people that can be rolled up. He appears as the rare person "Wrestler" in his signature trunks and Pride FC gloves.

He teaches catch wrestling at Erik Paulson's CSW Training Center in Fullerton, California. He is the primary trainer and manager of female fighter Megumi Fujii and listed on the Abe Ani Combat Club's website as a team wrestling coach and friend.

Barnett competed in the California Classic 2009 BJJ Tournament on November 15, 2009. Barnett lost a decision to ADCC veteran and BJJ World Champion Romulo Barral from Gracie Barra in the Black Belt GI Absolute division. On December 19, 2009, Paulson awarded Barnett his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. [14]

Mixed Martial Arts Record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 24–5 Netherlands Gilbert Yvel Submission (Strikes) Affliction: Day of Reckoning 02009-01-24 January 24, 2009 3 3:05 United States Anaheim, California
Win 23–5 Brazil Pedro Rizzo KO (Punch) Affliction: Banned 02008-07-19 July 19, 2008 2 1:44 United States Anaheim, California
Win 22–5 United States Jeff Monson Decision (Unanimous) Sengoku 2 02008-05-18 May 18, 2008 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–5 Japan Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (Heel Hook) Sengoku 1 02008-03-05 March 5, 2008 3 3:23 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20–5 Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2006 02006-12-31 December 31, 2006 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 20–4 Poland Pawel Nastula Submission (Toe Hold) Pride 32 – The Real Deal 02006-10-21 October 21, 2006 2 3:04 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Nastula tested positive for steroids
Loss 19–4 Croatia Mirko Filipovic Submission (Strikes) Pride Final Conflict Absolute 02006-09-10 September 10, 2006 1 7:32 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Final
Win 19–3 Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Split) Pride Final Conflict Absolute 02006-09-10 September 10, 2006 2 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Win 18–3 New Zealand Mark Hunt Submission (Kimura) Pride Critical Countdown Absolute 02006-07-01 July 1, 2006 1 2:02 Japan Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Win 17–3 Russia Aleksander Emelianenko Submission (Keylock) Pride Total Elimination Absolute 02006-05-05 May 5, 2006 2 1:57 Japan Osaka, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 16–3 Japan Kazuhiro Nakamura Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pride 31 – Dreamers 02006-02-26 February 26, 2006 1 8:10 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 15–3 Croatia Mirko Filipovic Decision (Unanimous) Pride 30 – Fully Loaded 02005-10-23 October 23, 2005 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 15–2 Croatia Mirko Filipovic Submission (Injury) Pride 28 – High Octane 02004-10-31 October 31, 2004 1 0:46 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 15–1 Netherlands Rene Rooze TKO (Punches) K-1 MMA ROMANEX 02004-05-22 May 22, 2004 1 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 14–1 Netherlands Semmy Schilt Submission (Armbar) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 – Inoki Festival 02003-12-31 December 31, 2003 3 4:48 Japan Kobe, Japan
Win 13–1 Japan Yoshiki Takahashi Submission (Triangle/Armbar) NJPW – Ultimate Crush 02003-10-13 October 13, 2003 2 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–1 Japan Yuki Kondo Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – 10th Anniversary Show 02003-08-31 August 31, 2003 3 3:26 Japan Tokyo, Japan Wins Openweight King of Pancrase Championship
Win 11–1 United States Jimmy Ambriz TKO (Punches) NJPW – Ultimate Crush 02003-05-02 May 2, 2003 1 3:05 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–1 United States Randy Couture TKO (Strikes) UFC 36 – Worlds Collide 02002-03-22 March 22, 2002 2 4:35 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Won UFC Heavyweight Championship, stripped of title due to testing positive for a banned substance
Win 9–1 United States Bobby Hoffman Submission (Strikes) UFC 34 – High Voltage 02001-11-02 November 2, 2001 2 4:25 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–1 Netherlands Semmy Schilt Submission (Armbar) UFC 32 – Showdown in the Meadowlands 02001-06-29 June 29, 2001 1 4:21 United States East Rutherford, New Jersey
Loss 7–1 Brazil Pedro Rizzo KO (Punch) UFC 30 – Battle on the Boardwalk 02001-02-23 February 23, 2001 2 4:21 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7–0 United States Gan McGee TKO (Strikes) UFC 28 – High Stakes 02000-11-17 November 17, 2000 2 4:34 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6–0 United States Dan Severn Submission (Armbar) SB 16 – SuperBrawl 16 02000-02-08 February 8, 2000 4 1:21 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 5–0 United States Bobby Hoffman Decision (Unanimous) SB 13 – SuperBrawl 13 01999-09-07 September 7, 1999 3 5:00 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 4–0 United States John Marsh Submission (Double-wrist lock) SB 13 – SuperBrawl 13 01999-09-07 September 7, 1999 1 4:23 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Finland Juha Tuhkasaari Submission (Armbar) SB 13 – SuperBrawl 13 01999-09-07 September 7, 1999 1 3:32 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 2–0 United States Bob Gilstrap Decision UFCF – Road to the Championships 1 01998-03-04 March 4, 1998 1 N/A
Win 1–0 United States Chris Charnos Submission (Choke) UFCF – Clash of the Titans 01997-01-11 January 11, 1997 1 2:41

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed Martial Arts

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • Youngest UFC Heavyweight Champion in History (24 Years, 103 Days)
  • Youngest Fighter to win a Championship in UFC History (24 Years, 103 Days)


Pride FC

  • PrideFC 2006 Open weight Grand Prix Championship Runner Up

See also


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  2. ^ "Heavyweight Rankings". January 21, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
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  5. ^ Iole, Kevin (August 14, 2004). "UFC fighter flunks drug test". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ Trembow, Ivan (October 26, 2006). "Vitor and Pawel Nastula Test Positive". Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ Yu, Al (July 16, 2007). "Josh Barnett Playing The Field". Retrieved July 19, 2007. 
  8. ^ Stupp, Dann (July 22, 2009). "CSAC: Affliction's Josh Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroid, license denied". Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ [1]
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  12. ^ "BARNETT SIGNS WITH DREAM, DEBUT LIKELY FOR MARCH 22". Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
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  14. ^ "Catch Wrestling Lives! Josh Barnett Awarded BJJ Black Belt (PHOTO)". 

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Preceded by
Randy Couture
7th UFC Heavyweight Champion
March 22, 2002 - July 26, 2002
Barnett stripped of title
Title next held by
Ricco Rodriguez


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