White: 'No problem' if Barnett doesn't come to UFC

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com
 

On Wednesday in London for the promotion of UFC on FUEL 7, White briefly addressed the situation, saying that the ball is squarely in Barnett's court.

"It's up to him," he said. "He's a big boy. He's been around a long time. He kind of flies by the seat of his pants, anyway. I mean, even after he won the [UFC] title, imagine if Josh Barnett stayed in the UFC his whole career, what he could have accomplished, the money he could have made, and all the things that could have happened. But he's his own guy, he wants to do his own thing. I got no problem with that."

Barnett (32-6), a consensus top 10 heavyweight for years, is the highest-ranked divisional talent not under the UFC banner. He's won nine of his last 10, losing only to Daniel Cormier. After his last bout, a first-round submission win over Nandor Guelmino at last month's final Strikeforce event, Barnett officially became a free agent.

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Chaelismyhero site profile image  

2/14/13 8:51 PM by Chaelismyhero

It really is a shame Josh is not in the UFC.

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2/14/13 8:25 PM by RyannVonReemjob

Lulz fuck your mother

elysian site profile image  

2/14/13 1:18 PM by elysian

This.

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2/14/13 1:17 PM by elysian

Nastula was the 1995 and 1997 Judo World Champion, 1996 gold medalist at Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Whose first fight was with...Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He defeated Edson Vieira who was on a 9 fight winning straight prior to his win.Could have been truly great if managed properly.

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2/14/13 10:27 AM by Nick Fury

Come on War Master. Sit down and come to an agreement. We want to see you fight the best talent in the sport.

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2/14/13 10:24 AM by UGCTT_SidRival

It's not a problem, but it is a shame.

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2/14/13 10:15 AM by orcus

"He wouldn't have fought the best in the world in PRIDE if he stayed.. he'd have faced cabbage, Arlovski(great fighter), sylvia and Murr... who else was there for him to fight that was truly great? " How many did he fight in Pride that were truly great? Nog, Crocop, sure...Hunt? Aleksander? Nastula? Nakamura?  So basically you're saying he wouldn't have gone 1-4 against the "truly great" and gotten a couple wins over guys who weren't even on the level of the UFC guys you dismissed. Also lol @ listing Arlovski as a "great fighter" but not Sylvia -- who was 2-1 with him -- or possibly even Mir, who has more big wins than Arlovski does.

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2/14/13 10:07 AM by KingstonHawkeJr

That fight was 6 years ago!!! That is my point! You can't say a guy is a current top 10 because he had a quality win 6 years ago. Pretty sure Nog avenged that loss. So by your logic Nog is what, top 3? And if you're referring to the Cormier fight, losing every round isn't really considered competitive.

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2/14/13 9:23 AM by fightharder

God,   This turning from bad to worse. Why is this thing not happening.   I do not understand why the UFC is letting Josh go. The did the most buys when the WWF crowd moved into the PPV. Josh has great appeal to this crowd. He is a great character and he genuinely is still one of the better fighters.   Its just terrible frustrating.   And Kingston,you obviously never watched Pride. Josh won against Big Nog in his prime,he beat guys like Hunt,Schilts and Kharitanov.   More importantly he has always been competitive in his loses as well.   Its really a shame and frankly from a business standpoint a little strange. I thought the UFC was leaning more towards the entertainment angle. You need real entertainers then. Sonnen is one. Barnett is another. There both great fighters as well. They should have signed them.

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2/14/13 7:57 AM by KingstonHawkeJr

For me that's hard to gauge. On one hand, you're right, I don't really recall him ever being offered a lot of money to fight someone tough and saying no. But on the other hand, Barnett seems like a really intelligent guy. He has to understand that not actively seeking the best competition get's you the exact same results as turning down tough competition, except for the bad press.Let's actually analyze some of Barnett's "decisions"...In 2010 he fought Siliga. A 40 year old with 4 mma bouts to his name, coming off of a loss, who's best win was against Villareal?And after that he fought Mondragon who was 1-3 in his last 4 fights. Even him signing onto be in the Strikeforce tourney seemed suspect. How the hell did he draw Rogers in the 1st round and winner of AA and Sergei in the 2nd? AA coming off of 3 consecutive losses, and Sergei who has no ground game at all? This last fight was no better. I watch MMA religiously and have never heard of that guy before. How does a top 10 guy draw "The Hun"? Are we really buying that he was the only guy available? They couldn't of sent Struve over? I'm never going to down an athlete for making his decisions based on what will pay him the most, because as an athlete you never know when your ability to earn will be gone. But calling him a top contender with that resume is just nonsense. He beat Randy 10 years ago and took steroids to do it. Let's all collectively agree to stop rewarding him so much for that one fight.