Longevity in the cage is a rarity in MMA, but man is Josh Barnett is the rarest of the rare. His record has fights dating back to 1997! And he’s still headlining UFC events, with his next “at bat” slated for the main event of UFC Fight Night 75 on September 27 in Japan. That’s crazy!
Of course, the fact that Barnett is less of a slugger and more of a submission ace means he’s avoided significant damage over the years. Plus, there’s the weird resurgence heavyweights have been seeing as of late, as evidenced by Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski still cruising after all these years.
For a glimpse of just how far Barnett has come, here’s a vid of him fighting at UFC 28 against Gan McGee (which I saw from cageside). McGee was one of Chuck Liddell’s teammates and was a bouncer in California when he wasn’t fighting in the cage. Barnett was, well, Barnett.