Josh Barnett is not in a hurry to re-join the UFC

“I want to win the Strikeforce heavyweight title. That’s what I came out here to do, and the way I see things, that’s the logical conclusion to all this, and create a good example with it. Carry the belt high, and take on all challengers.

Eventually, if the opportunity comes to fight in the UFC against Cain (Velasquez) or whoever the champion may be at the time, that would be an amazing opportunity, as well. But the thing is, you go chasing after these things, or you need this to validate what you’re doing, chances are you’re going to make it that much harder for you to get ahold of it. I don’t need to go out and face them. I’m going to make it where they’re going to have to come out and face me. That’s the way I’m going to do it.”

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett will face Sergei Kharitonov in the semi-final of Strikeforce Heavyweight GP, taking place at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 10th. Thirty-three year old Barnett, 30-5 in MMA, fought for the last time in the UFC back on March 22nd of 2002. Barnett defeated Couture via TKO at UFC 36 to become the new Heavyweight Champion, but was later stripped of his title due to a failed drug test.

UFC President Dana White stated on numerous occasions that Josh Barnett (who according to White “single-handedly destroyed Affliction”) will never fight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner. However, judging by the pictures from UFC Fighter Summit, it looks like the pair burried the hatchet, so the way for Barnett to re-join the UFC may now be free of any “personal obstacles”.

  • MrMrMrTwister

    “The Warmaster” lol

  • Six

    Good … im in no hurry to see him in the UFC either.

    The only time he will fight Cain is in his own dreams .. and he probably still loses to him.

    Doubt a UFC fighter is going to willingly switch to Strikeforce just to fight Barnett.

  • IChokePeople

    Barnet is top of the food chain. I can see him beating anyone the UFC has for him including Cain. I honestly have no idea who I would pick to win that fight.

  • Angeles0

    Yea Im Sure You UFC isnt In A hurry To Get Him Either!!!

  • Keyboard Contender

    whore master haha

  • eatandtrain

    LIke him or not he is at top level fighter. just look at his record, mirko seems to have his number (three of his five losses) otherwise he would do very well in the ufc.

  • KeithFarrell

    Barnett is a great fight especially with submissions and he would do well in the UFC but I can’t see him beating the likes of Cain, JDS a few others and maybe even Mir

  • nochoice

    Barnett is a three time steroid user, so imo he is a shame for the sport and a scared loser, why else take that shit if your confident in yourself.

    So can’t wait to see barnet get smacked, like he disurves.

    And yes he is a good fighter, but there’s enough reason to hate on him if you’re an mma fan.

  • SumHo

    In the last 5 years he has been beaten by Cro Cop 3 times and lost to Nogueira as well. He is on a 7 fight win streak, but none of the guys he has faced are at the top of the food chain. I would put him in the top 10 and maybe even top 5, but lean favorably to Cain winning that battle.