Josh Barnett Open To A Fight With Jared Rosholt
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.19.2014
But he's in no rush...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Josh Barnett said he is open to accepting the challenge of Jared Rosholt. Here are highlights:
On getting called out: "It's unusual for someone to actually call me out for once. But I mean, I guess if there was a possibility to make that fight, I would show the world exactly why I'm not the one call out."
On not being in a rush to fight again: "If you're not as fired up for it as you need, if you're not as focused as you need to be, it's not the kind of sport you want to be involved in. That can be a real issue. When it comes to fighting, you can choose one or another at that time. I don't have to go back to fighting, I can do everything else. There's no monetary necessity for me to fight, with all my other projects. But, fighting is my love. It's a passion and a necessity and I don't get to fight forever. I can still be making movies well after my fighting career is over, but you get the one opportunity to fight and then that's gone. I want to make the most of it, and I still have the desire to get back in the tine. I can't upend my whole life at the moment to do one when the other is going so well."
On accepting the challenge: "People don't call out folks. Unless you're Japanese, and in the Japanese culture they call out people they don't even believe they should be in the ring with, they just want the honor, the opportunity to get their nose plowed across their face by them. When it comes to the UFC western MMA, you don't call people out you don't think you can beat. So clearly, Jared's manager and all the people around him, they must have talked it into him that he somehow can defeat me in the ring. I appreciate the fact he respectfully asked for the fight, and If he really wants to test himself, or even if he really thinks he can beat me, no one gets anywhere in fighting by sitting around not trying to fight people. I'm here to fight folks, I'm not not here to talk about them, I'm not here to make origami cranes with them. But I am here to kick ass and take names. I don't have any problem putting Rosholt on my belt."