If Barnett never got stripped

How would his run have gone had he stayed?

He would've most likely faced Ricco, Tim and Arlovski in their primes Phone Post

He beats them all. Phone Post

46and2degrees - He beats them all. Phone Post

I was thinking the same thing actually. Ricco would've been the toughest.

Next would've been mir. We saw how that went. Then what? Maybe Rizzo rematch and we saw how that went.

Would he have held the belt till Brock? Phone Post

you mean if barnett didn't cheat multiple times?

shaqitup -

you mean if barnett didn't cheat multiple times?

Tim cheated and got caught. Exactly like Josh

The differenceis Tim stayed

So no I don't mean cheat multiple times. I mean STAYED IN UFC Phone Post

Randy and he would've had a trilogy. Phone Post

kingkoopa - 
shaqitup -

you mean if barnett didn't cheat multiple times?

Tim cheated and got caught. Exactly like Josh

The differenceis Tim stayed

So no I don't mean cheat multiple times. I mean STAYED IN UFC Phone Post



How could he possibly get a belt which he won via cheating?



Wouldn't he have a 6 month to a year suspension and then fight a contender fight?

He has always had holes in his game and always seemed one step away from being in truly good shape. He was getting submitted by Crocop at the same time Mirko was getting beat by guys like Congo and Gonzaga. He was KO'd by Rizzo when Rizzo was losing to everyone. During one 12 fight stretch, Rizzo lost 7 fights.. Barnett and Severn were among his KO victories at that time.

shaqitup -
kingkoopa - 
shaqitup -

you mean if barnett didn't cheat multiple times?

Tim cheated and got caught. Exactly like Josh

The differenceis Tim stayed

So no I don't mean cheat multiple times. I mean STAYED IN UFC Phone Post



How could he possibly get a belt which he won via cheating?



Wouldn't he have a 6 month to a year suspension and then fight a contender fight?

The same way Tim did Phone Post

Bucephalus - He has always had holes in his game and always seemed one step away from being in truly good shape. He was getting submitted by Crocop at the same time Mirko was getting beat by guys like Congo and Gonzaga. He was KO'd by Rizzo when Rizzo was losing to everyone. During one 12 fight stretch, Rizzo lost 7 fights.. Barnett and Severn were among his KO victories at that time.

What?

He fought crocop when he was in his prime. Crocop that came to UFC was a shadow of his former self.

Also Rizzo beat Barnett and then arguably Randy in the first fight. Rizzo went into a funk after that. Barnett fought Rizzo when Rizzo was in his best form.

Josh then beat Randy who had just beat Rizzo.

Given that randy dropped to lhw and ricco went into a downward spiral Everyone would've been beat by josh even with a year suspension due to cheating.

UFC hw division was pretty weak for a while. Imo josh could've held the belt till around the time Crocop came in.

That's when UFC acquired a bunch of good heavies. Werdum, JDS, Cain, Gonzaga, Carwin etc Phone Post

Sorry to break it to you but Josh lost to Mirko (September 10, 2006) seven months before Mirko got smashed by Gonzaga (April 21, 2007).

shaqitup - 


you mean if barnett didn't cheat multiple times?



None of these guys were clean. Think about it.



 

Josh Barnett is a talented fighter who screwed himself from achieving his full potential.

Josh Barnett is a talented fighter who screwed himself from achieving his full potential.

Bucephalus - Sorry to break it to you but Josh lost to Mirko (September 10, 2006) seven months before Mirko got smashed by Gonzaga (April 21, 2007).

Yeah the crocop that fought gonzaga and kongo is not the same fighter that won the gp.

A fighter can go from streak to slump from one fight to the next. That being said josh has been pretty consistent at being in the mix of top fighters. Phone Post

theshooter - Josh Barnett is a talented fighter who screwed himself from achieving his full potential.

This is true Phone Post

kingkoopa - 
Bucephalus - Sorry to break it to you but Josh lost to Mirko (September 10, 2006) seven months before Mirko got smashed by Gonzaga (April 21, 2007).

Yeah the crocop that fought gonzaga and kongo is not the same fighter that won the gp.

A fighter can go from streak to slump from one fight to the next. That being said josh has been pretty consistent at being in the mix of top fighters. Phone Post


Yes, of course. One fight to the next.

Have a nice day.

Prime Josh vs Prime Ricco would've been one of the greatest fights ever IMO. Phone Post 3.0

46and2degrees - 

He beats them all. Phone Post


This. He beats Ricco, Tim and Arlovski but Rizzo probably had his number back then. Barnett was chubby as hell when he fought Rizzo, then he looked good and got popped for roids..

Sylvia on the sauce would have ko'd him. Tim was a fucking beast before the arm break made him timid Phone Post 3.0