Josh Barnett systematically dismantled Brett Rogers in the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in Dallas on Saturday night. Following his game plan, everything went accordingly, despite a near year-long layoff.
Now he moves on to face Sergei Kharitonov in the semifinal round sometime later this year. Barnett expects a much tougher fight from Kharitonov, whom he deems an all around better fighter than Rogers, but still feels he has the tools to defeat the Russian heavyweight.
Barnett spoke with Showtime Sports after the fight, breaking down his victory in extreme detail, and announcing and explaining his name change from “The Baby-Face Assassin” to “The Warmaster.”