Chris Barnett Defeated Jake Collier In The UFC 279: Here Are Some Family Facts About The Mixed Martial Artist

Chris Barnett is an MMA fighter who now competes in UFC‘s Heavyweight division. He turned professional in 2009 and fought mainly in Xtreme Fighting Championships.

Barnett, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, competed in wrestling on a scholarship at Campbellsville. Later, he was invited to try mixed martial arts after showing his skills in a dancing competition.

Sadly, 2022 wasn’t in his favor as the MMA fighter is mourning the demise of his beloved wife, who passed away earlier this year.

UFC: Chris Barnett Wife Was Battling Encephalitis

On 16 April 2022, Chris Barnett fought against Martin Buday at UFC Fight Night 206. A unanimous technical decision defeated him after he was unable to compete in the third round due to an unintentional elbow to the back of the head.

During the whole Buday fighting training camp, his wife was fighting Encephalitis, and unfortunately, she took her last breath in May.

As per, Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain’s active tissues brought on by an autoimmune reaction or an infection. The condition causes the brain to swell and can lead to seizures, headaches, stiff neck, light sensitivity, and mental confusion.

In an episode of Just Scrap Radio on, Chris remarked that he didn’t know if people knew, but his wife had passed away. They called him 30 hours before the Buday fight, saying he needed to make a decision.”

He added that when he left, she was fine, and now this is popping up. With all that going on, Barnett did not feel that was a camp.

Barnett’s wife was admitted to the hospital on 8 February. Within three months, she untimely passed away, leaving behind her husband and their children.

Chris also said that he didn’t even consider his plan of attack or the fight while it was happening. Instead, he considered his wife, family, and the emotion of his children the entire time he was in the Octagon.

Chris Barnett Grew Up In Georgia And Spain

Chris Barnett was born to a family of taekwondo practitioners, on 14 June 1986, in Zaragoza, Spain. 

When Chris was four, his family returned to the United States, and after moving about a while, they ultimately settled in Georgia.

Both his mom and dad hold black-belts in Taekwondo. At the age of five, he began his MMA training.

In November 2021, during The MMA Hour, Barnett shared that his mother scolded him after his match at UFC 268.

The UFC champion remarked that his mom yelled at him when he got home.

After a stroke recently, Chris’ father can no longer travel and cannot communicate as effectively as before, which prevents him from cornering Barnett for fights. He continued to offer his opinion on his son’s finishing technique.

Chris said about his dad, “He’s still one of my biggest critics, which is awesome because he was mad at me when I put my hand down for the spinning hook kick.”

Pro Heavyweight MMA fighter Chris Barnett Net Worth 2022 After The Major Win

As of 2022, Chris Barnett is supposed to have a net worth of $2 million being a pro-heavyweight MMA fighter. He has recorded multiple major wins so far in his career.

In his early career, he competed in major Japanese organizations like Inoki Genome Federation, Rizin Fighting Federation, and Road Fighting Championship.

On 22 May 2021, he was called by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) to replace Askar Mozharov on short notice against Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 188, almost after 12 years. 

He faced Gian Villante in Villante’s final fight at UFC 268 in Madison Square Garden on 6 November 2021 and won the bout via technical knockout in the second round by spinning punches and wheel kick.

Following the victory, Chris (5ft 9inch) was honored with the Performance of the Night bonus award.

In the preliminary event for UFC 279 on 10 September 2022, he defeated Jake Collier by TKO in the second round after sustaining an insane amount of punishment in Round 1.

Now, he has a professional record of 23-8 and a UFC record of 2-2. He won over the UFC audience with a spinning wheel kick knockout victory over Giant Villante at UFC 268.

During his post-fight interview, he said, “Thank you for the love and everything. This means the world to me. I love y’all for real from the bottom of my heart.”