Barnett could be on his way back to UFC
Their storied history has seen it's share of contract disputes, steroid accusations, and name calling. However, it appears that the two's journey could come full circle, as a deal that would see "The Warmaster" return to the UFC is in the works.
On Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight, White spoke about Barnett finally coming back to the UFC:
"We're talking to Josh Barnett right now," White said on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. "Yes, we're open to bringing him into the UFC. It's about making a deal now."
Barnett also responded to the idea of him being in the back in the promotion via his Facebook page:
"No, I am not in the UFC, yet," wrote the The Warmaster. "But I would love to be in the UFC fighting in the Octagon again being back on the mat where I won the heavyweight title 11 years ago. It's the biggest promotion, with the most exposure, and the best heavyweight division. Plus it's abundantly clear – it's where you guys want to see me fighting."
Barnett has not seen the inside of a UFC octagon since his victory over Randy Couture at UFC 36 when he won the heavyweight championship. He was latter stripped of the title when he tested positive for a banned substance.
While he tasted UFC gold early in his career, Barnett has gone on to find much success outside the promotion in Pride, Affliction, and Strikeforce. A return to the UFC would be a great move by all parties involved as not only does Barnett bring a unique style of fighting with his catch-wrestling background, but also an incomparable charisma that has not been seen in the UFC's heavyweight division in quite some time.
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