Sorry Silva, but you're not going to be making any money or gain any further notoriety at the expense of "The Warmaster."

Josh Barnett may not know when his busy schedule will allow him to step foot back inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, but one thing is certain, it won't be against Antonio Silva.

"Bigfoot" recently expressed his desire to settle his beef with "The Warmaster" once the Brazilian finishes serving his nine-month suspension for elevated testosterone levels.

Barnett, however, wants no part in a heavyweight slugfest against Silva, saying that in no way shape or form is he going to help a person he doesn't like gain any ground, notoriety, or money off him by stepping into the cage with them.

Barnett explained his stance during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):

"I don't really care (about Silva). Here's the thing, if you really didn't like somebody, most people think, ‘Aw, well the thing is you've gotta itch for that time to get him in the cage.' Look, getting in the cage is a privilege. You're going to make money by fighting me. You're going to gain notoriety, even after I smash your face, and all I'm doing is making your life better, if you can sorta see past the face smashing. For me, I'm not trying to help this guy out. ... I don't like him, and I don't like the way he approached anything about what he did back in his Strikeforce days and all of that. I had never even talked about this dude. He brought up all this stuff, made this huge kerfuffle, so my response is: F him. I'm not going to help him gain any ground in any way, even by losing to me. I'm not going to get him paid. I'm not going to going to get him anything, if I can help it."

Silva and Barnett have a personal beef that dates back to 2011, when Josh stated that he would like to  "smash his head like a pinata to see if candy falls out" after Silva backed out of their proposed fight a few years back. That prompted Silva to fire back at "The Warmaster," calling him a "filthy kiss ass."

But according to Barnett, he doesn't know why Silva is so "butt hurt" over something that doesn't make any sense, saying that perhaps Silva is upset because he doesn't acknowledge him as much as the Brazilian would like.

That's still not enough to get Josh to accept the challenge to a fight, saying he only wants fights that make sense.

He explains:

"I want to fight fights that make sense. Fights that are interesting, fights that people want to see, and fights that are challenging. That's it. Junior's challenging, he's a top fight, he's one of the best of the division, so yeah, of course. If it's not him, then I'm sure there's somebody else they can find. But the fact of the matter is just getting a good fight and a fight that makes sense, which is almost any of them, and going out there. I'm not one to go out there and pick fights, and I also don't call people out because I don't see a point in it. If you want to fight me, I'm not hard to find."

Sorry, "Bigfoot," but you're just not interesting enough for "The Warmaster."

If not Silva, then who should Barnett face when he decides to make his return to the eight-walled cage? Perhaps the aforementioned Dos Santos would be a good welcome back fight for Barnett.

What's your suggestion?

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Josh Barnett says Travis Browne would pay in a rematch: 'You will get your ass handed to you'

  • a day ago
  • 8 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett was recently on the Joe Rogan Experience, where he had some harsh words for Travis Browne. Josh Barnett may not be sure when he's coming back to the cage, read news >>

Morning Report: Josh Barnett wants to take 'pr**k' Travis Browne's head off, doesn't believe 'Hapa' will ever be a UFC c

  • 2 days ago
  • 131 views

UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett will grapple Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu May 9 at Metamoris 6 and wants to fight Roy Nelson, but it's his loss to Travis Browne he's most worked up about. A pro since 1997 and read news >>

Roy Nelson broke his right hand in Overeem loss; eyes fight with Josh Barnett next

  • 5 days ago
  • 13 views

'Big Country' wasn't able to blast Alistair Overeem with his big right hand like he has done to several other opponents, and it's since been revealed that he broke his main weapon in the opening roun read news >>

Josh Barnett vs. Roberto Abreu headlines Metamoris 6

  • 9 days ago
  • 168 views

Metamoris has officially announced the full card for its next edition. Scheduled for May 9, Metamoris 6 will be headlined by heavyweight champion Josh Barnett putting his title on the line against AD read news >>

UFC 185 results: Rafael dos Anjos gets last laugh, turns lightweight division upside down

  • 17 days ago
  • 4 views

When he took the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title from Ben Henderson back in late 2013, Anthony Pettis promised mixed martial arts (MMA) fans he would never again get Guida'd. W read news >>

'UFC 185 Embedded,' No. 5: Joanna Jedrzejczyk turns up the trash-talk

  • 18 days ago
  • 44 views

In the fifth episode of "UFC 185 Embedded," which previews tonight's pay-per-view event, the fighters face off at Thursday's media day, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk has a warning for opponent and reigning read news >>

UFC: Hector Lombard says he broke Josh Barnett's nose in their 1st training encounter

  • 18 days ago
  • 130 views

UFC welterweight contender, Hector Lombard discusses his side of the story about the infamous training session(s) with Josh Barnett, the beef (or lack thereof) with Gegard Mousasi, who he wants to fi read news >>

When It's Showtime, Anthony Pettis Turns Chaos Into Comfort

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

At 28 years old, Anthony Pettis has become one of the most must-see fighters on the UFC roster. Read about his journey to the top, overcoming tragedy, and why he has his sights set one becoming a leg read news >>

Burt Watson reveals more details of his UFC exit & Munoz incident: 'I was questioned about my work'

  • 22 days ago
  • 116 views

It turns out that an incident with a UFC official over the handling of Mark Munoz's transportation was at the root of Burt Watson's exit from the UFC. Sometimes the smallest events can have the large read news >>