Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and MMA / pro wrestling crossover star Josh Barnett recently appeared as a guest on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast for an in-depth interview.
During the discussion, "The Warmaster" spoke about Jon Moxley working his Bloodsport shows, whether or not the AEW Champion has abilities in the field of mixed martial arts and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the new Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast interview with MMA legend Josh Barnett.
On how COVID-19 forced GCW and Bloodsport to cancel their events WrestleMania weekend: "Not being able to do Bloodsport earlier this year during WrestleMania week was a big tragedy for us and GCW, and we had a really killer lineup put together, but obviously, the whole thing falling apart was out of our control as everybody out there, minus WrestleMania itself, everything was just dismantled by a pandemic. And understandably so much, as it sucks. Not much else that you could really say to that but I wanted to do four events this year if possible, and I’m glad that we’re at least going to be able to do one. While it’s not the third event of the year, at this point, that’s fine. We’ll work with it, and one is better than none. I feel like this one is going to deliver. It’s going to give people what they were missing out on."
On how he’s not competing this time around: "Well, I have some other prior commitments, so I’m not able to actively participate in this one as a wrestler, even though, I will be there as a producer and booker, but Bloodsport isn’t just about getting in the ring. It’s about the nature of the event itself. The design behind it, and I’m really happy to be able to have Moxley there against someone like Chris Dickinson. And I think they’re going to make for a hell of a main event, and we’re going to continue on that legacy that we’ve been establishing since our very first event."
On the reason why Chris Dickinson was paired with Jon Moxley: "Well, Dickinson is as tough and gritty as they come. I know that he’s got all the skills to go out there and perform, but he’s got that something in common with Moxley and that is they’re just down and dirty, and he’s got the guns. And it wasn’t just about how their skill set would match-up or weakness, strengths and vice versa, but it was about the the mental match-up as well, that spiritual magic so to speak. They both have something in common in that vein, and I figured why not. This is like adding gasoline to the fire, and I love it."
On Jon Moxley's MMA abilities: "Mox, if you want to say anything about MMA, he trained in professional wrestling. Professional wrestling’s roots are essentially what make up mixed martial arts. The term ‘No Holds Barred,’ which is what MMA was called in its earlier days, is derived from professional wrestling. I mean, if you watch his match vs. Jake Hager, you can see that he’s got skills that he spent time grappling and knows submissions skills, and the man just pure knows how to fight. And that’s what we need more than anything. If you’re in Bloodsport, it’s because I’ve seen something in you that shows that you can fight. You can go out there and let the fists fly. If you’re cut, you’re bleeding [or] you’re hurt, you’re not going to just roll over for anyone, and you’re not just out there trying to pantomime what you think of fighter is. You just are doing it."
Check out the complete Josh Barnett interview from the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast below, or by visiting AudioBoom.com.
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