MMAWeekly TV caught up with Josh Barnett in Los Angeles California in July and talked about his upcoming fight in the Pride Open Weight GP semi-finals with ex-Heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Barnet said, ” Basically, we’re both adept at the ground game, however, I believe that the difference isn’t so much our techniques or skill sets even… he’s much more methodic and slow-paced and he likes to work a more jiu-jitsu based attack where as my grappling base comes from catch-wrestling…catch-wrestling also is a very aggressive style, [it] doesn’t really believe in laying back and trying to wait for opportunities to present themselves, you make your opportunities, you force your opponents to do what you want them to do.”
The finalists will have to fight twice that night and conditioning will be key. Barnett said,” Really that 10 minute round sets the bar for whether you’re in shape enough to really fight out there… I try to sprint through my training. I try to keep as much of a sprint as possible so that I can go faster, harder, longer, recover quicker than my opponents.”
Barnett realizes that he has a war on his hands. He commented on Nogueira saying,”…he can take inordinate amounts of punishment and just stay in the fight which can be very difficult for a guy who’s trying to sprint… he can take so much punishment, so much damage, he can still just hang in there.” But he is looking for a decisive win and not leaving it in the hands of the judges. “I don’t want it to go the distance…I’m looking to finish him.”
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