After nearly two years away from action, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett returned to action this past Saturday (September 26, 2015), scoring a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 75 from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
After scoring a win in his return, Barnett actually jumped up two spots in the heavyweight rankings, now sitting at No. 6. That being said, there could be some big fights waiting for “The Warmaster” in the near future, that is if he wants to remain more active that he has in recent years.
Barnett’s manager Leland Labarre spoke up to UFC Tonight, saying that the heavyweight veteran is 100% healthy, but that big time movie offers may lead him into another hiatus from fighting:
“Josh is healthy and could conceivable walk right into an elimination title fight right now because he is at peak physical condition. However, he has big movie offer and frankly they pay better,” Lebarre told UFC Tonight.
Although it is indeed likely that he would make quite a bit more money from appearing in movies, at age 37, this may be Barnett’s last chance to make one more run at a title. Despite the heavyweight division being more crowded, and packed than ever, “The Warmaster” is right outside of the top five, and if he adds another win or two to his resume, he could find himself dangerously close to a heavyweight title shot.
Labarre did add that Barnett was open to any potential fights that the UFC may offer:
“We fight at the leisure and discretion of the powers that be at Zuffa,” he said.
At the end of the day, money is the motive right? But would you like to see Barnett stick around for a while longer, and see if he can make a splash amongst the heavyweight elite?