Josh Barnett appears to be content with whatever happens in regards to his future in MMA.
Barnett, a former champion, remains unsigned after the closing of Strikeforce earlier this year. He talked with Bleacher Report about his current situation recently.
For me, it’s more about getting the right kind of deal done. Because if I’m not fighting, I’m okay. I can do other stuff. I’ve got other things to do. I’ve got other aspects of my career to work on and to work with. I’m okay with that. I’m going to stay in the gym and stay training and stay active in martial arts. It’s not like I’m just going to drop off and all of a sudden have to get ready for a fight. What secures your future is what’s on paper. That’s all I can really count on. The time that it takes to get that correct is the time it’s going to take.
It appeared as if Barnett was close to joining the UFC again a few months ago, but issues came up in the negotiations and no deal was reached.
I don’t have any personal vendettas or anything of the sort with any of those companies. It’s really just a matter of coming to terms with something I feel like is the right deal for me. I have no doubt if I’m in the UFC or Bellator or wherever, that I’m going to bring value and offers to wherever I’m at. I don’t have any doubts how I would fare against anybody in the world. I’ve been in plenty of fights in the ring, out of the ring, and I know what I’m capable of and how good I am.
Could Barnett still compete with the elite members of the UFC’s heavyweight division? Or has his time passed him by?