Heavyweight Fighter Chris Barnett Speaks on His Difficulty Getting Pro Fights
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.02.2014
“I’m a tough riddle to solve.”
Heavyweight MMA fighter Chris Barnett (9-1, MMA) recently discussed his difficulty in getting fights booked. Below are some highlights.
Barnett on why he thinks he's not getting fights: "Not to toot my own horn, but I think it's the factor that I'm a tough riddle to solve. Guys won't fight me with four weeks' of notice or even six weeks'. If they don't get a solid camp in, they won't want to fight me. You take me to the ground, I'm decent there. Standup, I'm decent. I'm a jack-of-all-trades. Instead of being a king in one certain thing, I can do it all. So them trying to get ready for me, they realize they can't knock me out or take me down. I'm not going to say they're scared, but on their behalf it's better to actually not fight me."
Barnett on his admiration for Bob Sapp: "I was looking at Bob Sapp and how he is and who he is as a person. Toward the middle part and end of his career, he was a big name over in Japan and people loved him. They made dildos after this guy, toys and all that stuff. If he goes to Japan he's an icon. To fight in Japan and actually win over in Japan would make it that much better. He could lose a fight over there and they would still love him and who he is. He's a character and that's what I am at the end of the day. Give me a reality TV show and I promise I'll be number one in about a week."
Barnett on his experience when he trained with the Blackzilians: "When I went down there it was like being a kid in a candy shop. Alistair Overeem kneed me in the chest. It was the greatest. After a while, I realize I'm doing good against those guys. A little more time and practice makes me feel like there's no reason I can't be at that level. It's a huge confidence booster."
Barnett on his goals: "I definitely feel I could easily be on the level of a UFC fighter, but then again you have guys who aren't in the UFC who are really good. Fedor (Emelianenko) never went to the UFC and he's still an icon. That's the type of goal I want. If I never make it to the UFC, I want that Fedor-Bob Sapp type of following and career. My overall goal is just to be out there. I want to be noticed to the point where people say, ‘Chris Barnett is fighting, let's turn everything off and watch Chris fight tonight.' I want that notoriety."
Barnett's pitch to promoters: "If you want to put the fans in the stands, the ‘Beast Boy' is your man. Any promotion or promoter, let me know. I'm not going to destroy your checkbook. I want to go out there for the fans. To entertain. I'll bring fans to you. I actually fight. I'm not out there to lay-and-pray or nothing like that. I'm out there to get the ‘W' and to entertain the fans. There's so many fighters out there that are worried about a record. You see them go out there and fight a guy who is 0-5. I'm 9-1, why would I go out there and fight an 0-5 guy? I want to go out there and prove that I'm the best. Any promotions or organizations that are out there that want it can get it. Let me know. Contact me. I'm available. Bring it."