White: Plan was Barnett vs. Dos Santos
According to UFC President Dana White, a match up between the two former heavyweight kingpins was in the works for Barnett’s first UFC fight in over 10 years, but it all went out the window when “The Warmaster” decided he didn’t want to commit to an exclusive UFC contract.
While some may conjure the story as Barnett was unwilling to sign with the UFC because a match up with “Cigano” doesn’t appeal to him, White wants to quickly dismiss that notion.
“I’m sure Josh Barnett wouldn’t care (who he fought),” White said in a media scrum (watch it here) following the UFC on FUEL TV 7 post-fight press conference in London. “Josh Barnett is a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy, he does his own thing, beats to his own (expletive) drum. Josh Barnett’s never been a guy to say I don’t want to fight this guy or I won’t fight that guy. He’s not that type of person.”