UFC president Dana White seems to have a soft spot in his heart for Josh Barnett. The former UFC fighter is currently scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in May.
IT was announced last year that the heavyweight division in Strikeforce would be absorbed by the UFC, and several fighters have already been signed to appear in the Octagon.
Barnett, who was released following a positive drug test during his last stint with the UFC, would be a welcome addition according to White in a recent interview with HDNet’s Ron Kruck.
The way that Showtime wants to do it is when that fight finally happens, whoever wins it, they wanna do another fight on Showtime, so that guy would probably come to the UFC. We’ll see what happens, you know? Josh and I have been playing nice with each other for a little while, since he got into the UFC. It’s more than just, ‘Does he win? Does he do this?’ If he wins the fight, I can’t see why he wouldn’t come here, unless we weren’t able to make a deal with him.
Barnett won the UFC heavyweight title in 2002, but was stripped of the title following a positive test for a banned substance. Since a 2006 loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Barnett has went undefeated, including wins over Sergei Kharitonov and Brett Rogers in the grand prix. He would make a nice addition to an already deep heavyweight division in the UFC, especially with a victory over Cormier.