Coming off his dominant performance over MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, Brazilian fighter Antonio Silva currently has his sights on former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett. Apparently, Silva has some animosity towards Barnet, who according to the MMA fighter doesn’t treat people well behind closed doors.
Silva particularly felt Barnet had a problem with Brazilians in the sport of MMA and he didn’t mince words when speaking on the subject. Silva said,
“I’ve been fighting since 2004 and have never had any issues with another athlete, even the most stuck-up. Friendship, for me, is everything, but Josh is a weird guy, a guy who doesn’t greet you when you enter the elevator, doesn’t even say ‘‹Å”good morning.’ It’s how he treats Brazilian fighters especially. It’s the same thing with [Barnett and] Werdum.”
Silva seemed even more annoyed with the fact Barnet treated MMA fighters and personnel differently, based on their status or background. Silva continued,
“When [Barnett] sees Fedor, [UFC President] Dana White or [UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo] Fertitta, he runs to them and stays by their side all the time. He makes me sick. He’s the classic kiss-ass, a rude man. I really want to face Barnett and I’ve already said I consider him a filthy person, even though he is a great fighter, and that I’ll beat him up and close both of his eyes”
While the tensions between both MMA fighters should make a matchup between the two even more interesting, there is no guarantee they will meet inside the cage in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix finals. Barnett might not even get past his next opponent, Brett Rogers, and Silva will still need to face the winner of the Alistair Overeem versus Fabricio Werdum matchup.
Regardless, I’m sure the folks at Strikeforce will figure out a way to let this two MMA fighters settle their differences inside the cage. Both MMA fighters are currently on winning streaks and the animosity between the two will serve as motivation for their respective camps. If the MMA fight actually does happen, Silva should be able to put an end to Barnett’s current winning streak.