Josh Barnett Talks The MMA And Pro Wrestling Relationship
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
As Josh Barnett prepares for the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP finals later this month, he spoke to reporters about his opponent Daniel Cormier but also touched on what he feels is a divide between competitors in MMA and professional wrestling and not knowing the history of the sport:
"One thing that wrestlers got over MMA guys is they know their history. In MMA, there_s a lot of kids just run out here and they don_t know nothing. They couldn_t tell you what Pancrase was, but you should know your past. Just like with wrestling. At some point, there became that great divide, but they both require tremendous amounts of skill. They_re both similar and yet different. I think a professional wrestler should know both sides. Because if you want to go out there and capture everybody_s hearts and have them get so invested into a fight, to the point that they forget what they_re watching, that it is a worked outcome; then you should know what a real fight is like."
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