Originally Posted by Dimson
For us TUF noobs, can you explain why Barnett and Dana hate each other so? How can Dana hate anyone nearly as much as he hates Tito?
I don't know the whole story but I will tell you what I do know.
Barnett beat Couture by TKO due to Strikes at UFC 36 to win the HW belt. However, he failed a drug test and was stripped of the belt. He never fought in the UFC again.
I'm sure somethings were said in between but fast forward to Randy coming out of retirement and beating Sylvia for the belt. Barnett says some things about Couture being a UFC puppet and Dana's paper champion. I don't know exactly what Dana said back but it was pretty much some of the same stuff he says about Fedor and Tito. It's basically anyone who isn't in the UFC isn't as good as people make them out to be. Barnett hates Dana, and vice versa.
I've been following the UFC hardcore since UFC 46 which was 2004 and then started getting into other MMA when the UFC started to decline right around the TUF era started. I caught up some on what I missed but I still don't know all the details.
Yes Dimson, I, like you, used to think that the UFC was the only MMA worth watching. Boy was I wrong. Once the UFC ran all of their competition into the ground, their PPVs got stale. See almost the entire UFC 70s catalog and even some in the 50s and 60s. It wasn't until the last year or so with smaller orgs popping up and giving the UFC some competition that they have stepped their game back up. Pride was much better but they had some corruption that ruined their television deal and like the IFL, that doomed them. That allowed the UFC to pay them some money to get them out of the hole and obtain their rosters. Almost every elite fighter in the UFC right now was a Pride fighter and the UFC elites of that time are now in Affliction. Funny huh? Lindland, Belfort, Arlovski, Barnett, Sylvia, the list goes on and on. By the end of the year, we could see Couture and Ortiz there as well.
In Barnett's case though, without the UFC or Affliction, he kind of fades back into obscurity. If Affliction fails, it's going to be hard for Barnett because his UFC bridge is burned and Elite isn't likely to last long either. He'd probably go back to Sengoku but that has almost no following in the US. There's always DREAM but they focus on alot of the smaller weight classes right now. That's why I think he should take the pay cut and be happy.