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Josh Barnett on Roy Nelson: It's like a toddler with a butter knife challenging a viking with a battle axe

And you can guess as to who the toddler and the viking are.

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When it was announced that Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson were going to tango at UFC Fight Night 75 on Sept. 27, 2015 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, it didn't take long for the two men to engage in verbal warfare.

"Big Country" took to Twitter expressing his desire to see the new drug-testing policy from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) implemented in time for their international affair based on "Warmaster's" previous failed tests.

That prompted Barnett to take aim at Nelson's pudgy physique, hoping steroids were allowed to give Roy a chance in the bout since gravy injections didn't give him the edge.

Still, despite their little back-and-forth smack talk, Barnett says he has no personal issues with Nelson. But he admits he tries to stay away from online bickering, because as Josh recently told The MMA Hour, it's just not a fair fight for Roy.

"I don't really having anything personal with Roy particularly. But I do have, I do have something personal against myself and my last performance. My last fight was not acceptable for me in any way, shape, or form and I have a real bad taste in my mouth over that and I want to make sure I go above and beyond in this fight. I know Roy has tried to push buttons before via the internet, but I look at it as a toddler with a butter knife trying to challenge a viking with a battle axe. You just have to laugh, pat him on his head and move on when it comes to that sort of thing. But, I've never really, personally, face-to-face I've never had any poor interactions with Roy. But I know he wants to knock me out and walk around claiming he's king of the mountain, and try to be the star of this show. But there is no way in hell I'm going to let that happen. I've trained way too hard and put in too much work. This fight, it's not just about winning, it's about making a statement."

And he'll need to make that statement if he wants to get back into title contention, as Josh was last seen getting knocked out by Travis Browne at UFC 168 nearly two years ago.

That's quite a long time out of action.

Still, Barnett is confident he's more than ready to hand Nelson his third consecutive loss inside the Octagon this coming weekend. Still, the question remains: Who will be the viking and who will be the toddler when fists start flying in Japan?

For more on UFC Fight Night 75 click here.

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