Heavyweight Chris Barnett was going by way of some severe private turmoil forward of his UFC Vegas 51 battle with Martin Buday in April. Because the 36-year-old fighter informed BJPenn.com, he acquired a cellphone name about his ailing spouse about 30 hours earlier than the battle, with docs telling him he “wanted to decide.”
“I don’t know if you recognize however my spouse had handed away. They known as me 30 hours earlier than the Buday battle saying I wanted to decide. I used to be like, ‘huh, what do you imply?’ After I left she was high quality and now that is popping up.
“With all that happening that camp wasn’t a camp man. She went to the hospital on February 8 and was within the hospital till Could 10. Coaching clever I might get possibly a superb two hours in a day after which I used to be within the hospital the complete time. It was a kind of issues, plenty of fighters (would’ve pulled out).”
Barnett’s spouse, who handed on in Could, had been coping with encephalitis and was on the hospital on the time. He determined to push by way of with the Buday battle, the place he misplaced by way of technical determination after being unable to proceed from an inadvertent elbow strike to the again of the pinnacle.
However he did get an surprising cellphone name from Dana White himself, which for him was an enormous deal.
“Dana White additionally known as me and stubborn me out. He was like ‘dude, why would you’re taking (the battle?),’” Barnett recalled. “I informed him I didn’t wish to however I additionally perceive I see individuals pull out and I see what y’all say.
“Even with one thing of that magnitude, I shouldn’t have fought, as a result of I do know I wasn’t getting the coaching. However I signed that contract.
“As soon as we signal that contract, life goes to occur and it’s what it’s, I hate to say it like that however that’s what plenty of exterior individuals have a look at. You signal the contract, and until you get harm they don’t care, that’s technically what the contract says.”
Barnett stays grateful for the small gesture from the UFC boss.
“Dana is all the time invited to the BBQ as a result of he known as me, he didn’t should,” Barnett mentioned. “He known as me and was like ‘why, are you alright? Let me know when you want something’ sort of factor. He is aware of I’m not the kind of individual to ask for something however he nonetheless did stuff on the surface.
“Loads of instances when fighters discuss pay and all this different stuff. I simply don’t perceive as a result of they deal with us… properly, they deal with me. Win, lose or draw, he didn’t should make that cellphone name, and he did.
“He went by way of a few channels to seek out me and get ahold of me, in order that proper there provides a lot extra to it. Like ‘rattling, he cares.’”
Barnett (22-8) returns to motion this weekend at UFC 279 in opposition to Chris Collier on the prelims.