Sleeping Giants:A closer look at Spanish heavyweight Chris Barnett


Chris Barnett


265 lbs


The surging Spanish heavyweight is making some noise on the lower-tier shows. With being only 24 years of age, Barnett has a lot of time to find his true potential. A specialist in taekwondo tried out for the USA Olympic team after a win at the prestigious USA's Taekwondo middleweight division.

In 2009, Barnett made his MMA debut at XFC 8: Regional Conflictagainst heavyweight journeyman Jonathan Ivey. A huge test for anyone making their debut against a guy with 66 fights under his belt prior. Barnett, proved to be better that night as he pulled off a win by decision.

His second professional fight was against Daniel Perez at XFC 9: Evolution in the same year.Barnett, made short work of Perez when he finished him in the 2nd round by TKO (punches).

At XFC 10: Night of Champions Barnett would exchange leather with Kenny Garner. Barnett, proved to once again be a far better man by way of TKO(punches)in the 3rd and final round.

2010 proved to be a big year for Barnett as he ventured out of XFC and into WCC: Memorial Day Combat against Joel Wyatt.  Barnett won again by way of TKO against Joel Wyatt early in the 2nd round. He returned to XFC at XFC 11: The Next Generationagainst Jay White winning the fight by his first KO. 

Barnett's hot roll would hit its first wall at WC: Martial Combatagainst Eric Prindle. Prindle, is a training partner of former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. Barnett lost via majority decision to drop to 5-1 through 6.

Not looking for an easy comeback fight, Barnett would challenge veteran Brazilian heavyweight Mario Rinaldi at XFC 13: Unstoppable..He would win by TKO (strikes) in the 2nd round and go to 6-1

Barnett is set to fight at World Extreme Fighting 46 on April 22, 2011 against Walt Harris.

Here are some clips of Chris Barnett


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