Josh Barnett showed he’s still a major player in the heavyweight division tonight with an easy win over Brett Rogers.
Barnett didn’t waste any time testing out Rogers power on the feet, instead pressing him up against the cage at the earliest opportunity and scooping him up for a big takedown.
From there the round was all Barnett as he moved easily into the mount and rode that position for the remaining minutes. There wasn’t a great deal of offense happening, but there was no doubt about the dominance being displayed.
Round two didn’t work out any better for Rogers who made a critical error by charging forward looking for a takedown of his own in the early stages, and then having it reversed and finding himself with Barnett back on top of him in the mount.
Stepping up a gear Barnett then managed to make room to slip in an arm triangle, and before he could even shift his weight fully to the side Rogers was already tapping.
Overall it was a dominant display of grappling from Barnett, and moves him comfortably into the semi-finals to face Sergei Kharitanov, while Rogers slumps to his third consecutive defeat in the Strikeforce cage.