Josh Barnett’s various combinations of fighting skills made him a hard-to-crack bone in full-contact martial arts. His grappling technique, his Muay Thai skills, his expertise in catch wrestling, and the mastery of other fighting forms earned him his nickname – the Warmaster. Others thought it wiser and more appropriate to nickname the professional wrestler and mixed martial artist in keeping with his youthful appearance and martial art, so they called him The Babyface Assassin.
While this guy has proven his worth as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter with various organizations, he has also proven himself in a similar way as a professional wrestler. Since 2003, when he made his pro wrestling debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling, Josh has authenticated himself on other promotions such as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Inoki Genome Federation.
In addition to establishing himself as an exceptional wrestler and mixed martial artist, Josh also became a color commentator in early 2015. Regardless of this, the man is also known to many as an actor. From the basic facts of his biography to his rise to fame, career successes, and other aspirations, the following covers the things you should know about this American mixed martial artist.
Facts You Need To Know About Josh Barnett
His Age and Early Life
The story tells that Babyface Assassin was born on November 10, 1977, as Joshua Lawrence Barnett. His birthplace was in Seattle, Washington, where he also grew up.
It is said that this guy showed that he was born to fight in the earliest year of his life. His childhood was troubled, he had anger issues and he always fought for one reason or another. In fact, it got so bad that he was forced to take anger-management classes. Josh took full advantage of this, exceeding the learning of how to control emotions and discovering how to channel them into his athletic endeavors.
Rise To Fame
It was in Ballard High School when the Warmaster began to actively develop for the martial arts. Although Josh Barnett loved football, he spent more time wrestling and received training in kickboxing and judo. He soon witnessed a UFC brawl and decided he was tough enough to try.
In 1997 he started as a Pro MMA fighter with the United Full Contact Federation. Josh had a good time and triumphed over other fighters who would later make a name for themselves in the UFC. It was only normal that he received an invitation to become a UFC fighter. In November 2000 he made his debut at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, won a victory over Gan McGee The Giant and it was the beginning of his rise as “The Warmaster”.
Baby Face Assassin has not limited himself to the UFC but has also participated in other American promotions such as Affliction Entertainment and Strikeforce. Josh also left his mark on a handful of other Japan-based MMA and wrestling platforms. These include the now-defunct World Victory Road (WVR) and Dream, Pride Fighting Championships, which merged with the UFC, Pancrase, and Sengoku Raiden Championship (SRC).
Meanwhile, in his professional wrestling career, which has been ongoing since 2003, Josh Barnett has competed with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Among his many successes, Warmaster became the youngest UFC heavyweight champion at the age of 24. Josh won the Pancrase Openweight Championship, the Metamoris Heavyweight Championship, and is a Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Famer.
Why He Left UFC
It was quite a shock to Babyface Assassin fans when it was announced in June 2018 that the mixed martial artist was demanding his dismissal from the UFC. Josh stressed that his decision had nothing to do with the UFC and said he was motivated to take this step because he could no longer trust the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
At some point in December 2016, the USADA had trapped Josh Barnett for a doping offense in which a suspension was hung around his neck. He was later exonerated after it was discovered that the doping test he failed was due to a contaminated dietary supplement. The Warmaster took this fight to court, suing the food supplement company and demanding compensation for the damage the doping problem had caused his career.
Barnett as an Actor
Mr. Barnett is also quite popular for his activities in the film industry. While you can find him as Tormac in Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins of 2018, he also portrayed Colt in Mercenaries of 2017: Absolution, Brody James in 2016’s Never Back Down: No Surrender: No Surrender, and Office Larry in 2015’s Check, Please!