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"The Warmaster"

Josh Barnett


Win Rate
81 %
Finish Rate
82 %
Decision Win %
63 %

Josh Barnett

6' 3 (191 cm)
78 in. (6' 6/198 cm)
United States
Main Division
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Erik Paulson2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rigan Machado
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Barnett had a troubled childhood and often got into fights. Barnett attended Ballard High School, where he excelled at wrestling, football, and also trained in judo and kickboxing. At the recommendation of an instructor at Montana, Barnett went to train at the Bushidokan dojo of Jim Harrison. Although he did not have the money for classes, he received training in exchange for helping with maintenance and labor at the dojo.
Combat Approach
His grappling technique is based on catch, utilizing the controls, rides and pinning holds from said discipline to exert pressure over his opponent and grind him down when the fight gets to the ground. His expertise isn't limited to the grappling field, counting also on a powerful Muay Thai game which features the ability of switch stances through the fight, confusing his opponent and strengthening Barnett's assault. Notably, Barnett has showed as well the skill of including catch wrestling elements on his striking acumen, utilizing collar ties and wrist grips to set up elbows and knees against the fence.
Fighter Trivia
In his spare time, he enjoys driving and repairing automobiles, preferring vintage models. He is a self-proclaimed cinephile and cites the director's cut of Blade Runner as his favorite motion picture. Barnett's nickname 'The Warmaster' was inspired by a song by the British death metal band Bolt Thrower, itself named after a character from the Sci-Fi-themed miniature wargame Warhammer 40,000.

Awards & Accolades

  • Pancrase: Pancrase Openweight Championship (One time, last champion)
  • Pancrase: Two Successful Title Defenses
  • PRIDE Fighting Championship: 2006 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix Runner-up
  • Strikeforce: 2013 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Runner-up
  • Icon Sport: SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
  • UFC: UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • UFC: Youngest UFC Heavyweight Champion in History (24-years-old)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (One time)
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (Two times)
  • Sherdog: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: 2009 World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
  • International Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Federation: Gracie US Nationals 2010 – 206+ lb / Advanced No-Gi: 1st place
  • Metamoris: Metamoris Heavyweight Champion (1 time). One successful title defense vs. Ryron Gracie
  • Metamoris: One successful title defense vs. Ryron Gracie
  • Metamoris: One successful title defense vs. Ryron Gracie

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