For years former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett has been known primarily as one of the best fighters in his weight class, but in recent times, he’s begun to branch out into other venues of combat sports.
Along with training fighters at his gym, Barnett has recently been joined by WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross as the commentary team for New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. If that wasn’t enough, Barnett will be joining Scientific Wrestling’s Jake Shannon and Wade Schalles, as part of the Pin & Submit seminar series touring the USA and UK this year.
During a brief break in his schedule, Barnett spoke to MMAWeekly.com about being joined by Ross for NJPW commentary, spreading the word of catch wrestling through his seminars, and the outlook for his career in 2016.
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MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Josh, tell us Jim Ross replacing current WWE commentator Mauro Ranallo as your co-host on NJPW on AXS TV.
Josh Barnett: I had to take into consideration that I had a certain flow going with Mauro, and he was fantastic, but I knew Jim Ross from his many years of announcing going back to Mid-South, so it wasn’t a matter of if he was capable, but I was going to have a new learning curve, but one I was looking forward to being a part of.
Change is instrumental and essential in creating experience, and being able to sit down with Jim Ross beside me and call matches is a pretty motivating factor to trying to be the best at your game. I’m really looking forward to all ….View full article