Josh Barnett Signs With The UFCAfter several tense months, years to be exact, one of the worlds top heavyweights have finally signed with the UFC.
"The WarMaster" Josh Barnett has officially signed a UFC contract and will return to the promotion for the first time since his UFC 36 victory over Randy Couture in 2002.
Barnett, 32-6, 4-1 UFC, has long been viewed as a legit top 5 heavyweight fighter, entering the cage and ring against a who's who of the MMA world. Making his UFC debut at UFC 28, Barnett defeated the likes of Gan McGee, Semmy Schilt, and Randy Couture twice (the second victory was tainted due to a failed drug test).
Following his UFC exit in 2002, Barnett became a mainstay in Pride. Over his 2 year career for the now defunct promotion, his battles with Mirko Crocop, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Mark Hunt cemented Barnett as one of the greatest heavyweights to ever compete. Compiling a 5-4 record for Pride, Barnett moved on to several promotions over the next few years.
Competing for Affliction, Sengoku, DREAM, Impact FC, and Strikeforce, Barnett tallied an 8 fight winning streak before suffering defeat to Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament final in 2012.
While Barnett is known for his in cage/ring success, he is also as known for his failed drug tests. While only officially failing 2 tests, Barnett is looked upon as the man that brought down the Affliction promotion, when a failed drug test only days before he was set to face Fedor Emelianenko ultimately cancelled the match, and the promotion folded soon after.
Regardless of how you feel about Barnett, his addition to the UFC roster is one that many have longed for over the years, and is an absolute plus to the division.
No opponent or date has been set for Barnett's UFC return at this time.
Published by Jasyn Zangari - Wed, 22 May 2013 05:02