Josh Barnett: I’m Still Not Signed To The UFC

Josh Barnett has yet to secure a contract with the UFC, but based on his recent post on Facebook, it appears the former heavyweight champion is leaning that way.

Barnett last competed earlier this month in Strikeforce, earning an easy victory over Nandor Guelimino. He last fought for the UFC 11 years ago, failing a post-fight drug test and being stripped of the title.

Contract issues saw Barnett exit the promotion shortly after, and he continued to compete in MMA around the world.

No, I am not in the UFC yet, but I would love to be in the UFC fighting in the Octagon again being back on the mats where I won the heavyweight title 11 years ago. It’s the biggest promotion, with the most exposure, and the best heavyweight division. Plus it’s abundantly clear – it’s where you guys want to see me fighting. I don’t know at this point where my next fight is but I will train and prepare for war with the world because that’s what I do…and the next battlefield could be the UFC.

UFC president Dana White has stated in recent interviews that he believes Barnett will be back in the UFC in the near future.

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