Looking forward to this one: it should be an exciting fight, as well as being the perfect chance for Gustafsson to prove himself against another hard-hitter after his first round TKO loss to Johnson.
Picked up by Bloody Elbow, originally reported by Swedish MMA site Kimura.se.
This fight would makes a lot of sense – hope the rumour proves true.
Pleasant respite in current times.
David St. Martin at MMA Fighting summarises comments Josh Barnett made on his recent Joe Rogan Show appearance regarding Travis Browne.
If I fought Travis now, I’d want to take his fucking head off. He disrespected me in the ring after the match, all this shit. He fucking cut his throat, he did all this stuff. That’s my thing. He did it to mock me for winning.
I would love to see these two fight again down the line – though for that to make sense Barnett would need to win one, and Browne lose one, in the meantime.
Barnett doesn’t sound like he has UFC title hopes foremost on his mind, throughout his discussion with Joe Rogan. More like he’s looking for individual fights and challenges that hold a personal interest to him.
Barnett mentioned a grappling match with Nogueira in Metamoris, serving as a rubber match following their two battles in Pride years back, as something of interest to him. He also mentions the possibility of fighting Roy Nelson next in the UFC.
His appearance on the show was characteristically entertaining. You can watch the full thing on YouTube.
Jeff Harder writing for Fightland:
… From this angle, PEDs have more in common with disqualifications—the eye pokes, groin shots, and other fouls that end fights—and DQs are labeled as defeats for the offending athlete. A fighter’s wins and losses should reflect the fact that they broke the rules, whether they kicked someone in the balls or stuck a syringe in their ass.
Of course, the true punishment comes from suspensions and fines, and reclassifying no contests as losses for PED users doesn’t do much to clarify the longstanding issues around drug testing. It also raises a few questions: does it make sense to declare a fighter that initially lost the winner?
Personally, I think it makes sense for the fighter who tested positive to have their record changed to a DQ loss, and for the clean fighter’s record to show a No Contest.
Overturning losses into wins would just be bizarre. It would create records that would feel factually inaccurate.
Either way, I agree that the true punishment for PED use comes from suspensions and fines. That should be the focus, alongside increased testing.
Have to admit – I didn’t see that coming.
A few weeks ago most of the MMA community was sure Wrestlemania would signal time for Lesnar’s return to MMA; instead, it marked Rousey dipping her toes into pro wrestling.
I thought Rousey’s appearance was fun. She looked like she was genuinely excited to take part, and the WWE certainly put her across as a massive star.