Florian Slams 'Ignorant and Classless' Barnett
Kenny Florian says Josh Barnett has damaged the public image of mixed martial arts with his recent outburst against him.
"For a fighter to get angry at that, well it's nothing personal. But as fighters, we're in the limelight, we get critiqued,” he said.
“We're in England, how harsh are they on the soccer players? They [football players] don't say, 'well this guy is a faggot for saying that,' and say 'come play me in soccer'. It makes no sense," Florian explained.
Florian, who provides MMA analysis for ESPN, was referring to the dressing-down he got from Barnett last week after negatively critiquing his performance against Gilbert Yvel at Affliction 2.
Barnett described Florian as a “bitch” and said he was “talking ****” for opining that a fighter with the grappling skills of Barnett should have been able to finish Yvel during the nine minutes he spent in back mount during the fight.
"To go out there, as an A-class fighter, against Gilbert Yvel – who is not an A-class fighter and has no ground game to speak of – he dominated the fight, but to not finish him, a guy who is punching upward from under mount… if someone asked me how he would do against Fedor, well I don't know,” said Florian.
He is also saddened that Barnett chose to respond in such and angry and personal way and believes that the crude insults Barnett publicly levelled at him have set the sport back in the eyes of the general public.
"For Barnett to go out an act like that is so immature and unprofessional. He's the perfect example of the kind of guy that everybody thinks makes up the sport, that we're ignorant and we're classless,” he said.
"Congratulations to Josh Barnett for distorting our perception to the general public.”LINK