For weeks leading up to the fight, Barnett has been dealing with the flu and just couldn’t seem to shake it, saying after the fight was over that he only got in about 2 days of really solid training for his whole camp.
But in classic Barnett form, he wasn’t looking to make excuses and he certainly didn’t show any signs of illness in the cage.
“You don’t sit around, bitching and complaining and throwing excuses around. You get in there and either you die like a man or you leave your opponent dead, and you stand victorious,” said Barnett.
Well, Barnett’s post fight speech may have lasted longer than his fight because he just walked through Guelmino in the brief time they spent together in the cage.
Barnett charged across the cage and took Guelmino to the ground, but actually missed on his first submission attempt when he went for an ankle lock in the opening moments.
Obviously Barnett wasn’t deterred because just seconds later he had Guelmino back on the mat again, this time in the mount and it didn’t long for the “Warmaster” to go to work.
A confused and panicked Guelmino put up an arm to either block Barnett or just give him the submission because in one fluid motion, the former UFC champion locked up a head and arm choke and the tap out came almost as quickly as the hold was applied.
“I fight to entertain the crowd. I bring death so you guys can all cheer. Are you not entertained?” Barnett shouted after picking up the quick submission win.
The more interesting part of the fight came afterwards when Barnett was posed with the million-dollar question of the evening – will he end up in the UFC after tonight?
“So you’re asking me if I’m going to go over to the UFC like every other schmuck-jabroni reporter has been asking me this whole time. Am I going to go to the UFC? I have no idea where I’m going to end up at this point. But you know what there are a lot of heavyweights out there in the world, sacked away in their little organizations, and all I’ve got to say to them is run cowards!” said Barnett.
“You can hide behind any fence you want, any ring in the world, but eventually I will find you, and I will take your head.”
Barnett would be a good addition to the UFC heavyweight division, but it remains to be seen if he will end up there or in another promotion after Strikeforce shutters its doors.