According to a Dec. 29 report from Sherdog, Josh Barnett wants a piece of Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Barnett also wouldn’t mind duking it out with UFC heavyweight Antonio Silva.
“The thing is, I’m not really chomping at the bit to fight anyone,” Barnett said. “I’m chomping at the bit to fight everyone. There are names that keep coming up. Personally, I would love to take out [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira, once and for all, because I don’t like the way our last match ended. I felt that it was politically derived to try and make for a rubber match between us in order to make more money. I don’t really feel like I lost that decision. Although, my philosophy is that if you don’t finish your opponent, then you have to accept whatever is given to you. I just want another crack at him, but I don’t know if he’ll be around long enough to even make that fight happen. Other than that, I keep seeing that everyone always wants me to fight Frank Mir for some reason. Everyone thinks it’s going to be the two American grappling heavyweights putting on this spectacle of grappling extravagance, I guess, but a fight’s a fight. Sure, I’ll fight Frank Mir. At one point, he was considered a Top 5 guy, I think. He’s a well-known staple of the UFC, but I don’t sit around at night waiting for an opportunity to fight Frank Mir or to fight Cain or any of these other guys who are the top guys in the UFC. I just want to fight them because they are there. It’s like mountains. Why do we climb them? Because they exist. With people, why do you want to hurt them? Because they breathe.”
Barnett may be heading back to the UFC after his upcoming Strikeforce bout against Nandor Guelmino. Barnett seems to be developing a beef with UFC heavyweight Antonio Silva.
“Well, I don’t like him specifically because he started talking smack about me for reasons that I don’t really know, man,” Barnett said of Silva. “I think he’s probably just overly sensitive. Personally, I couldn’t really tell you, because up until he started dogging me, I had never really spoken to the guy. I hadn’t interacted with him a whole lot, save for saying hello here and there. Actually, the night that he started trying to dog me out in public was the night that he beat Fedor [Emelianenko]. Even before he got to the press conference, [Strikeforce] had me speak about the fights that night, and I actually talked about how well Silva had done, and how well he executed his game plan and how he was constantly working for the finish. I said he had improved a lot over the years and showed a lot of varied skills, and he did. He looked good, and I applauded his efforts, only to find out that he just went on a tirade about me for reasons [of which] I have no understanding. For the most part, I don’t talk about it, because if I don’t like you, I ain’t gonna help you. I’m not going to make you a press-worthy item. My whole thing is that if anybody ever wants to fight me…if you have a problem and really want to fight, don’t sit around and wait for some promoter to take his thumb out of his butt and make it happen. Just come and find me, and I will fight you anywhere and anytime. If you want it to be personal, then it will be like that.”