Hamburg, Germany got their first taste of the UFC today/tonight (depending on where you rest your head) and “The Warmaster” Josh Barnett is $100K richer because of it. Check out who left the Octagon with a little extra below in our UFC Fight Night 93 ‘Arlovski vs. Barnett’ bonus report.
Fight of the Night: Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski
These two former UFC heavyweight champions gave the fans in attendance at the Barclay Arena in Hamburg and those watching at home exclusively on UFC Fight Pass the kind of show that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Barnett and Arlovski weren’t given a fight of the night bonus for this because they were main eventers that had an exciting fight. They were given bonuses because they had what was by far the best fight on a really solid Fight Night card.
This fight was a nail biter from the get go with both men nearly scoring KO’s in the opening 30 seconds before engaging in a full-fledged war that would ultimately end with Barnett getting his hand raised following his 20th career submission.
Performance of the Night: Josh Barnett & Ryan Bader
We already talked about Barnett above but we’ll just add this – this guy is the ultimate gamer. He didn’t trip and fall on land on the ‘Warmaster’ nickname folks. At 38-years-old with over 40 plus professional fights, Barnett is still one of the most dangerous heavyweights on the planet. He proved it again in Hamburg with a combination of perseverance, cerebral warfare and downright nastiness.
The horseriding ‘Sledgehammer’ known as Ilir Latifi came into Hamburg red-hot on the strength of a 3-fight win streak to take on the 4th ranked light heavyweight in the world, Ryan Bader. On this particular night, the now 19-fight UFC vet showed us why he just refuses to go away.
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As stated on the aforementioned episode of The MMA, Cats & Movies Show – the next fight to make for Bader is Alexander Gustafsson. “The Mauler” earned a hard-fought victory against Jan Blachowicz after Bader demolished Latifi with that knee of doom.
Gustafsson and Bader are two likeable guys who are currently on the outside looking in behind the current champ, Daniel Cormier, the problem child himself, Jon Jones, and the number #1 contender, Anthony Johnson, in what is arguably the shallowest division in the UFC today.
With 32 combined fights between them inside of the world-famous octagon, it’s mind-boggling that these two men have never met in a 205 lbs showcase bout. A win for Gustafsson could earn him a much deserved 3rd shot a greatness. A win for Bader would earn him his first. This is a fight you can count on the greatest matchmaker of all-time, Joe Silva, to make before he calls it a career.