Heavyweight Josh Barnett has butted heads with the UFC for years. However, it looked like the former champion and world’s foremost MMA promotion were willing to let the past be after Barnett’s name was recently mentioned in connection with ongoing talks to sign with the UFC and give the company legitimate claim to the best roster of heavyweight talent ever assembled under one umbrella.
While such may have been true at the time, it appears things have deteriorated since to the point Barnett appears likely to ink a deal elsewhere. According to multiple reports, Barnett and the UFC have agreed to a few of the basics but come to a stalemate on one particular matter. No word has been offered on what the issue actually involves.
“Once we have an acceptable deal with someone, we will close, sign and hopefully fight within a few months,” said Barnett’s manager, Leland LaBarre, in an interview with MMAJunkie. “We’ve had a discussion with every major organization you’ve heard of and some you haven’t.”
Barnett has racked up a 32-6 record with 27 stoppages over his 15-year career. He has come out triumphant in nine of his last ten tilts including victories over Brett Rogers, Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, and Sergei Kharitonov.
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