Josh Barnett A Strong Possibility For UFC Return

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.

  • Matt Silliman

    Dana might think differently after this Overeem thing.

  • i like sexy time

    Thats what the UFC now needs MORE ROIDS. Overeems got caught now get Barnett in the octagon. The king of kings when it comes to getting caught and drugs. Good choice!

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      Weren’t they gonna start testing before contract negotiations though,so just test the dude then and randomly test him once or twice,problem solved,I’m pretty sure the reason the nsac randomly tested the hw was specifically because of overeem,just do the same with barnett

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I wouldn’t see why both cormier and barnett wouldn’t get contracts win or lose,unless something negative like a failed drug test or something along those lines happened between here and the fight

  • Toughjuice aka tha juiceman

    his roids are in those tree trunk legs of his

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