Posted by WheelchairBandit
Kenny Florian was making an honest observation about Barnett's performance,which is what ESPN is paying him to do.Barnett flew off the handle and challenged Kenny to a fight.Would he have done the same thing if Jon Anik or Franklin McNeil had said it?
Barnett is a professional athlete.Every one of his performances is going to be gone over with a fine tooth comb by the talking heads on TV,radio and internet news blogs and also among the fans on various message boards such as this.It is not cool for a pro athlete to threaten to kick someone's ass just because they critiqued one aspect of their performance.Look at how many guys get critiqued after every UFC card,and none of them threaten to kick anyone's ass.Why?Because they're professionals.
And please,spare me this "you wouldn't say this to his face" crap.I have nothing against Josh Barnett.He's a Top 3 HW in the world.I just think he makes himself look bad when he starts saying that he wants to beat up Kenny Florian and that he wants to fight Aleks Emilianenko in a dark alley.
And yes,I would tell that to his face.
The argument you bring up is completely irrelevant to the conversation at hand. Like I clearly stated - I don't agree with the way Barnett handled it. So you're preaching to the choir when you explain the lack of necessity for his reaction.
However, in your previous thread, your allusion to Barnett being sackless is completely unnecessary. When you stated
Yeah,Barnett has balls-wasn't he calling out KenFlo the other day? WB.
To which you can read my response above. I never once said "You wouldn't say this to his face" I just said that I'm sure he'd be happy to entertain those accusations at his gym. So I'd appreciate it if you would stop putting words in my mouth.
Point is this- don't come on here and accuse any fighter of being afraid, or turn any thread about any particular fighter into a forum for your veiled fighter bashing. I see right through that crap, and I won't tolerate it. Keep riding the line if you wish, though