Current top Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett (and former UFC world heavyweight champion) and UFC President Dana White engaged in an epic, public badmouthing of each other.
Barnett on White
"I think we could definitely get a trained monkey to get in there and do his job ...I dont care what he thinks and I never did. I dont have any relationship with him. I don't want a relationship with a guy like that."
White on Barnett
"I'm not a big Josh Barnett fan. think hes bad for the sport. All the shit that comes out of his mouth is stupid, and I'm not a fan ... You'll never see him in the UFC, ever."
Barnett on White
"Dana White’s stature has changed quite a bit from a boxercise instructor. I’d be interested to see Dana White pass some drug tests. I’ll pass every test. I’ve already passed tests since then; I’ve passed tests before then. If (Dana) wants I can come pee in his mouth and he can tell me if he tastes any Dianabol or anything like that. He might swing that way you never know. He’s so manly and hetero, maybe he wants to get real Spartan about things.”
Just 18 days after that last interview, Zuffa bought Strikeforce, and Dana became Barnett's boss.
In his next interview, Barnett struck a more admiring stance, saying “Dana likes to go out there and crush, kill, pillage, whatever; and let’s face it, that’s kind of my M.O. As much as I may have ever had difficulty with Dana at the end of the day there is a part of me that absolutely vibes with what he is does ... Whether he wants to think about it or not, here and now, no bulls*** Dana White is pretty f****** metal and I am a metal dude … we’ll at least have that sort of respect that can’t be overlooked.”
Niow it appears that the two have buried the battle axe, as Barnett announces on Twitter:
Pigs have now flown. Watch for Hell to freeze over next. Me and @danawhite together again -
With Dana White having previous predicted that Barnett will the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, fans may get to see The Babyfaced Assassin back in the Octagon when his contract wth Strikeforce ends.