When the UFC announced a list of former Strikeforce fighters whose next in-ring effort would occur in the Octagon, the most obvious omission from the bunch related to heavyweight Josh Barnett. Despite being one of the division’s most-seasoned, skilled competitors, Barnett’s past problems with UFC management led many to believe personal issues could prevent a professional partnership.
However, it appears the Zuffa brass may be interested in Barnett’s services after all. While far from a confirmation, UFC President Dana White was asked for an update on Barnett’s status this week at the UFC 158 press conference and hinted at the likelihood of “The Warmaster” making his way to the UFC in 2013.
“It’s probably going to happen,” said White after stating he hadn’t actually talked to Barnett to discuss specifics.
The 32-6 Barnett has won nine of his last ten tilts with the only stumble involving an extremely memorable match-up with unbeaten peer Daniel Cormier. Barnett has scored stoppages in 27 of his victories, finding success in the past against the likes of Mark Hunt, Sergei Kharitonov, Jeff Monson, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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