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Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett had originally rallied to face Brock Lesnar in the WWE giant’s return fight. Now Lesnar has been booked elsewhere, Barnett letshis real feelings out to MMAFighting.com:

“I wanted it because he’s a professional wrestler and so I am,” Barnett told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I wanted it because after five fights, they tried to say he was the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, which I thought was insulting to all of us. Not that he wasn’t talented, not that he didn’t have the potential to be far better than he ever was able to really show out there with such a young career, but it just felt like utter and absolute propaganda, and it was upsetting that there were media outlets that were supposed to be top of the pops that bought it.”

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“I don’t know, if he doesn’t like to get hit, that’s one thing, but you can work your way around that to a degree,” Barnett said. “You can at least try to condition him to get more used to the idea of it with the right kind of drills and the right kind of set-ups. But at the same time, you need to make sure that that guy can go in there and when everything is as tumultuous as it is inside that cage, when the fire is on, he can go through it and not get burnt.”

“Of course he has a chance. He’s a tank,” Barnett said. “He’s got an incredible wrestling background. He’s a great physical specimen. He’s no dummy. Brock is a smart guy, and I still think he is a massive wealth of untapped potential. It’s just that – it has not been tapped. It has not been approached the right way. I would be surprised if his prep leading up to this is really what myself, hell, I’m at the gym right now training my fighters that all have matches coming up. And as a trainer, as someone that’s trained people for world championship matches, I just don’t think that the right approach is being taken with him.”

Next up we have Ken Shamrock and Mark Hunt…

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