Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett appears to be headed elsewhere, as MMAFighting.com reported on Wednesday that “The Warmaster” and the UFC have broke off talks.
“We agreed on guaranteed compensation. In fact, we never even countered. We accepted their original offer,” said LeLand LaBarre, the manager for Barnett. “However, there are some outlying issues – one in particular – that as of this point, we were unable to agree on.”
LaBarre declined to explain what that one issue was, saying it was not the right time.
Barnett (32-6) last fought inside the Octagon back in 2002. He won the heavyweight title from Randy Couture, but was stripped of the belt after failing a drug test. He later went on to fight in several promotions, including Affliction and Strikeforce.
In his last appearance, Barnett defeated Nandor Guelmino inside the Strikeforce cage.
UFC president Dana White had stated several times during recent interviews that he felt negotiations between the UFC and Barnett were going smoothly, and that he expected him to be coming to the promotion this year.