Josh Barnett returned to the Octagon recently. However, his second go around is not going nearly as well as his first.
This past December, Barnett faced off against the up-and-coming force that is Travis Browne. Josh became the victim of some of Browne’s most vicious elbows to date at UFC 168. (Here is the video courtesy of ESPN.com)
Barnett made little excuse to why he lost that night. The seasoned vet stated on “The MMA Hour” that the real Josh Barnett, “The Warmaster”, simply didn’t show up.
“Honestly, it wasn’t about what went wrong. Sometimes you just don’t appear, man. After 17 years, I can’t say that I’ve had tougher nights, or you’ve had nights were you didn’t perform as well as you’d like to. But this was the only time I’d ever had where it was just… I just didn’t show up at all. I really feel like I didn’t even have a fight. Me, ‘the Warmaster,’ Josh Barnett, he didn’t show up. Some other guy walked into the ring and sort of piddled around a little bit, but that’s not me, and it was very strange. But I figure after being in so many fights and being through this whole process for so long, it’s really not too surprising that it could happen.”
But Josh has it all figured out. Not the type to mope, Barnett has set forth a 12 step training program built to reawaken “The Warmaster”.
Here is Barnett’s 12-step program:
1. Remove outside distractions
2. Move training camp away from home
3. Pre-camp harder!
4. Increase flexibility
5. Work more on weaknesses
6. Spend more time on recovery
7. Work on learning a new language
Not a bad plan at all if you ask me. Let’s hope its affective.
The loss to Browne will mark the first defeat handed to Barnett since losing a unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier in 2012, back in their Strikeforce days.
After defeating Barnett, especially in such an impressive fashion, Browne has been matched up to face Fabricio Werdum in an elimination bout to find out who is the number one contender in the Heavyweight division, and to see who is next in line to face off against the Champ, Cain Velasquez.
The loss has now left Barnett in the wings simply waiting for the UFC to find him a new opponent. Lets hope that his 12 steps prepares him for his next go around.Tags: Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, travis browne