Josh Barnett Says He'll Know When It's Time To Retire
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.05.2014
But now's not that time...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Josh Barnett said that he will know when it's time for him to retire from MMA. Here are highlights:
On when he will retire: "I can't put a real number on it, because I won't know until that time comes. But I know that when it does, that's it, I'll have used up every aspect I have in terms of my athletic window. I can act, I can do other things, but once your athletic window is done there's no returning to fighting."
On wanting a fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira before he retires: "What it was based on is Nogueira's statement of, I want one more fight and then I want to retire. If he wanted to retire a year ago, that's his prerogative of course. But if he wants to make a statement that he wants only one more fight I mean, there's really only one more fight for him to take and that's the two of us, and that's because, we could have a trilogy. That's all. I don't think he actually beat me the second time, but I have to accept, even if I feel the judges' decision was the wrong one, that's just the way it has to go. That's why I said, you want to call out, you want to be bold, you want to have one more fight, there's only one more fight that you should really even be considering."
On his loss to Travis Browne: "I should have been in there for that fight, and it was really only myself to blame. I knew how the fight was going to pan out, I knew what the key to winning that fight was and I knew that Werdum had it in him to do so. In the end, I didn't, what I saw wasnt entirely surprising to me, but still, I had to sit back and watch it instead of being the one that's in there. So, it's just, that fight, to me, is just deeply personal and it just sucks. I didn't show up and I paid for it and it sucks."