Former UFC HW Champion Josh Barnett Talks About A Potential UFC Return


MMA fans have been writing off “The Warmaster” Josh Barnett for quite some time now.  They wrote him off when he was stripped of the UFC Heavyweight Championship.  They wrote him off when he tested positive for anabolic steroids and had to pull out of an Affliction: Trilogy headlining fight with the top ranked Heavyweight in the world at the time, Fedor Emelianenko.  And for a third time, Barnett was written off after a 5 round defeat at the hands of fast-rising Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

But Josh Barnett has never been one to stay down.  In an interview with Ariel Helwani during The MMA Hour, Barnett talked about the prospects of his return to the UFC.

“I think it’s pretty likely… I think it’s a good fit for a person like me. I mean, unless you don’t want me to go in there and beat all those dudes up and completely throw your rankings out of whack, and change the whole perception of who the best heavyweights in the world are. Now if you don’t want that, then yeah, definitely don’t bring me over. But if you just want to have the biggest and best collection of heavyweights in the world, then you’ve got to have me there.”

“I want to go where the opportunity is best. And I like the idea of that full roster over there being at my disposal to be disposed of. I’ve been in this game longer than the new version of the UFC has, so I’m sure that my management and everybody will work it out to wherever fits best, that’s where I’ll be.”

With young yet formidable Heavyweights taking the center stage for the UFC, Barnett finds himself with many intriguing fights ahead. Will we see “The Warmaster” in the UFC?  Only time will tell.