Josh Barnett Could Be Headed Back to the UFC Soon


It’s been more than a decade since Josh Barnett last stepped foot in the UFC Octagon, but that stretch may finally be coming to an end.

The former UFC heavyweight champion has definitely had his ups and downs with his former employer over the years, but there’s no denying his charisma, appeal and skill inside the cage.

Barnett has gone 9-1 over his last 10 fights with his only loss coming to current top ranked heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier. The rest of his resume speaks for itself as well.

That’s why Barnett will likely find himself back in the UFC fold after there was a lot of discussion about whether he would return or not after Strikeforce folded earlier this month.

“He has not (signed), we’ll see what happens,” UFC president Dana White said about Barnett on Thursday. “I think we will (sign him), we’ll see how it goes.”

Barnett brings with him a unique skill set for the heavyweight division, as well as the gift of gab any time a microphone is in front of his face. A former pro wrestler as well, Barnett is not only a gifted athlete, but also understands the entertainment aspect of MMA.

He would be a welcome addition to the UFC heavyweight roster, and could inject new life into a series of possible match-ups in the future.

No deal is done yet, but White seems optimistic that they can come to an agreement with Barnett and welcome him back into the UFC fold.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 12 days ago
  • 34 views

Barnett breaks down how he sees the UFC Heavyweight championship unification fight will go, and his thoughts on Jon Jones' positive test for cocaine use. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Josh Burkman last set foot in the Octagon in 2008. He returns at UFC 182 on Saturday to face Hector Lombard. Burkman dishes on his return and how it came about. read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Barnett believes that Japanese MMA is not done yet, and pro wrestling may be a key in helping it regain popularity read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 18 views

Famed heavyweight striker Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is once again headed back to the Octagon. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

In an attempt to keep him out of the Bellator cage, it appears the UFC is inking a deal to bring Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic back to the Octagon. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 84 views

It’s looking more and more likely: Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC. His present employers in the world of staged combat are preparing to lose the former heavyweight champion back to MMA if rep read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 25 views

Tim Boetsch did it. Why can't Josh Burkman? "The People's Warrior" is locked and loaded for his return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) next weekend (Jan. 3, 2015) when he kicks off the UFC 18 read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Josh Burkman last competed in the UFC a little more than six years ago at UFC 90, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Pete “Drago” Sell. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 54 views

Hector Lombard and Josh Burkman will go to war this Saturday (Jan. 3, 2015) at UFC 182 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Between two former champions of other organizations, what ad read news >>