Josh Barnett will seek to add the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title to his resume later this month when he takes on Daniel Cormier.
Barnett, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has not lost since 2006 against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. While he has traveled from country-to-country in the last 15-plus years, one thing has remained the same: he’s a fighter.
“Even when I was a little child, I fought kids that were older, that were bigger,” said Barnett, during a promo video for Showtime Sports. “I never quit. Even if someone got the best of me, I didn’t stop and they ended up quitting. I don’t care how many licks you get in on me, I will get mine.”
Barnett first saw MMA when he witnessed UFC 2 in high school. He took up the sport, and even claimed the UFC heavyweight title in 2002 with a victory over Randy Couture. Issues failed drug tests have kept Barnett out of the spotlight, but his resurgence in Strikeforce has brought him back to the forefront.
“I love what I do for a living and I don’t want to do anything else,” Barnett said. “I meant to be a fighter. If MMA wasn’t around, maybe I’d be a boxer, maybe I’d be in the military; but I was meant for combat.”
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