Warmaster Bellator debut set vs. Ronny Markes

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Hong Kong Phooey

Spreading The Coronavirus one Corona at a Time
Feb 12, 2015

Bellator is going back to Hawaii to salute the troops, and Josh Barnett will lead the charge.

The heavyweight veteran makes his promotional debut as a headliner on a Dec. 20 fight card that marks the second collaboration between the Viacom-owned promotion and the USO. Barnett will face UFC and PFL vet Ronny Markes, Bellator announced on Wednesday.

”Bellator and the USO Present: Salute the Troops” takes place at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, which one year ago hosted the promotion and a starmaking turn for flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.

Macfarlane returns to her native city for the Dec. 20 event, attempting her fourth title defense against Kate Jackson, while A.J. McKee takes on Derek Campos to determine a semifinal matchup in the Bellator featherweight grand prix.

Bellator and the USO will partner on fight week for special events in Hawaii, according to a release.

Barnett returns to the cage more than three years after a submission victory over ex-champ Andrei Arlovski. The former UFC heavyweight champ and PRIDE vet subsequently sidelined from competition after failing a drug test conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Barnett contested the UFC’s anti-doping partner’s threat of an 18-month suspension and was the first fighter to be exonerated by an independent arbitrator.

Despite the favorable outcome, Barnett indicated he’d lost faith in the UFC’s anti-doping program and was subsequently granted his release from the promotion in 2018. He signed with Bellator in October.

Markes makes his Bellator debut six months after missing weight for a bout in the PFL’s second season. He was ruled ineligible for points, but still wound up winning a second-round TKO to snap a two-fight skid.
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Inside Job

Do Milk
First 100
Jan 17, 2015
interesting fight
barnett will be bigger slower older
Markes hasn't fought anyone near Josh's size or caliber

Josh will smash if he is in shape
He looks like he is in great shape to me...listened to a podcast with him and just scoped the youtube version to see if he was all chubby...nope he looks strong..tight thick solid

below is a the recent funny podcast with josh...lotta old wrestling and pride history is discussed...barnett is hilarious
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9fBezgp1rA
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Pulse On The Finger Of The Community
First 100
Jan 16, 2015
I'll bet Mir and Sergei both want remtches
Will be good to see him back in action


I'd rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.
Aug 7, 2015
I hope he gets fucked up. Not CTE fucked up. Just loses in beautiful fashion.


Nov 15, 2015
Steroid suspension finally over eh?


Underneath Denver International Airport
Jun 19, 2016
Bellator must be going bankrupt if they are calling in the Show Stoppa Josh Barnett.

Josh about to Affliction Bellator.


Remember the 5th of November
Oct 21, 2015
Hopefully bellator doesnt test for extra vitamins and we can see the best Josh Barnett possible