With Josh Barnett getting the shit end of the poostick in regards to the whole Affliction/EliteXC/Arlovski/Nelson situation, you’d think he’d be extra eager to make sure he gets a shot at Fedor before 1001 stupid things get in the way. Not so, according to Josh:
“It would be (logical) for the fans, but the fans don’t understand contracts or the way things have been put down on the back end in terms of the business aspect of it,” he said. “Or the details between both of the fighters. So, it’s not really that we want to rob the fans of something, it’s just that I don’t think it’s possible.”
He maintains his decision is based on personal and business reasons.
“There’s just some times it’s better to keep your mouth shut and just not really talk too much about things,” he said. “I’m not trying to make anybody look bad or talk about the details of it, but it’s just not a fight that’s going to happen in January. And I think that the feeling is actually mutual.”
Barnett met Emelianenko for dinner during his trip to Japan, and the possibility of the fight was discussed. It was there Barnett concluded he would not fight his friend in January.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into this one,” he continued. “It’s not so simple.”
It seems pretty simple to me: Here’s a ring/cage, here’s X amount of money, now beat the shit out of eachother for my viewing pleasure. That’s the way things should work, although I’ve begun to realize that’s not the case for guys like Fedor and Josh. Setting up big fights involving them is like having teeth pulled. Throw them a cookie and they’ll beat up Hong Man Choi or Yoshida. But as soon as you want a really legitimate fight … well, you see.