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Luke Barnatt Discusses His Upcoming Fight With Mayhem Miller

February 17, 2016 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Luke Barnatt recently spoke with, here are the highlights…

On His UFC Release: “You know, no matter how tight my losses were – and I believe that two of them weren’t even technically losses, like you said, they were split decisions I still feel like I won – but if you lose three bouts, I believe you should be cut,” Barnatt said. “The UFC is the top of the game, and I believe it’s only going to help me get better, reevaluate and come back on a winning streak. “At the time, when (UFC matchmaker Joe Silva) rang me and spoke about it, I was very accepting of the situation. I knew it was going to happen, and I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I was obviously – I didn’t want to leave, but I knew it was going to happen.”

On Fighting Mayhem Miller For Venator FC: “I’m not a big fan of this fight, really,” Barnatt said. “In Venator they treat me very well. The guys over there are good guys. They came to me, and I said, ‘I’ll fight whoever you want. I’m the champ. Just find somebody, and I’ll fight them.’ And they were like, ‘We’re going to make sure we get you a good opponent.’ And blah, blah, blah. They came back to me with this ‘Mayhem’ Miller stuff, and it’s like, this guy’s obviously got problems. He’s obviously got big problems, but if he wants to fight, he wants to fight. It doesn’t bother me. “But, then, he’s on the Internet giving out interviews where he’s drunk or pretending to be drunk, or he’s getting interviewed about beating women and all this stuff that’s not very good, in my opinion, for the sport and for the promotion. And then, worst of all, you’ve got the guy who owns the promotion, (Venator FC President and co-founder Frank Merenda), coming out and backing the guy, saying how he’s trying to give him a second chance. And I think the guy is crazy. It’s not good for Venator, and in the long run, it won’t be great.”

On Focusing On The Fight: “I’m the one who has to fight him at the end of the day, and I’m happy to fight him if he’s going to show up,” Barnatt said. “But I don’t want to have to deal with ifs and buts and him going to jail. It’s not what I’m looking for at this point in my career. I’m looking for solid fights with solid opponents. And now you’ve got Frank out there, and I don’t know if he’s smoking the same thing Jason Miller is smoking to be on his side and be his friend and say everything is going to be OK. Just get me a solid opponent that’s going to show up. I don’t care about anything else.”