When Strikeforce blinks out of existence in a little more than a week, the organization’s top fighters are expected to transition over to the UFC as many of their promotional peers have already. However, one of the company’s biggest stars (literally) still isn’t sure if he’ll be getting a green-light to join the UFC roster and, as it turns out, he’s doesn’t necessarily care either.
Heavyweight Josh Barnett is an elite competitor with the ability to sell match-ups through media. He’s also been the target of UFC President Dana White’s criticism on a number of occasions. Though Barnett knows it’s wholly possible White’s personal feelings could cloud his professional judgment, “The War Master” is only looking at his January 12 tilt with Nandor Guelmino and not what might happen beyond the bout.
“I’m here to fight, that’s what I do. The rest of it, I’m sure there’s always a spot for me around the world to go beat people up,” explained Barnett in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I think it’s great that (fans) are asking about it, all the folks that are buzzing around the internet and otherwise putting that out in the air, that’s fantastic. (But) I am not thinking at all about the UFC or anything other than fighting right now. That is stuff that doesn’t matter until you’ve gone out there and won your fight.”
Barnett holds an overall record of 31-6 with 26 stoppages under his belt. In addition to being a finisher, the affable heavyweight has notched plenty of notable victories as well including those against the likes of Brett Rogers, Sergei Kharitonov, Pedro Rizzo, Jeff Monson, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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