Will/should the UFC sign Josh Barnett?

by Nate Wilcox | source: mmafighting.com

"I want to fight though and the UFC has a fantastic lineup of people that I could go out there and compete against and it has a huge market share. It has all the market share, I'm being honest. I'm not here to kowtow to anybody. I don't serve anyone. I serve no master. I'm sure the best-case scenario can be made to happen. It's just up to whoever wants to pay my price."

Barnett may be wanting more money than the UFC cares to pay for a fighter who's unlikely to win another title but would be a formidable gatekeeper in the HW division. There is also a defensive element to re-signing Barnett that should be considered, namely that his pro-wrestling experience makes him a uniquely intriguing fighter to Spike TV where he could follow Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal's lead and do pro-wrestling on TNA and fight MMA for Bellator.

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HenryO site profile image  

1/14/13 7:20 PM by HenryO

And honestly thats kind of sad for MMA, because Barnett will probably go do pro wrestling and maybe pick up some easy MMA fights.250k is considered high for a guy who is a top Heavyweight of all time

Pride Wanderlei site profile image  

1/14/13 2:33 PM by Pride Wanderlei

If he can get optop on can sub almost anyone.

Chris27 site profile image  

1/14/13 2:30 PM by Chris27

Barnett just made 250k for that fight in SF vs Nandor.If you actually believe Dana is gonna pay Barnett 250k a fight you are nuts and Josh isnt gonna take less.

chokeyou site profile image  

1/14/13 2:27 PM by chokeyou

Cuz he's exciting and has charisma.

chokeyou site profile image  

1/14/13 2:26 PM by chokeyou

Marquardt, the list is long...

knocka site profile image  

1/14/13 12:33 PM by knocka

the UFC should definitely sign him. I'm dying to see how his catch wrasslin matches up with the current top contenders. Fighters and styles evolve, I want to see if his truly has.

whoabro site profile image  

1/14/13 2:25 AM by whoabro

You say this based on what?

chokeyou site profile image  

1/13/13 10:42 PM by chokeyou

If they don't sign him they are passing on one of the top heavyweights in the world. They'll lock him up. Otherwise they'll look weak

Heel Hooker site profile image  

1/13/13 9:07 PM by Heel Hooker

I can't believe anyone would question his skills. It's his outside antics that will keep out of the UFC.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

1/13/13 9:03 PM by duckhuntgangsta

I like barrnett and want him to get signed with the UFC, but he is terrible on the mic. The worst part is he doesn't realize it.    He either needs to get authentic or get someone else to write his schitck. I'd love to meet Sonnen's silent partner. Genious move by Chael.