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2/6/13 3:44 PM
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http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/02/negotiations-between-josh-barnett-and-ufc-hit-a-sticking-point

Josh Barnett (32-6) and UFC parent Zuffa still haven't reached a deal.

The top free agent's rep said the two sides have reached "a sticking point" despite agreeing on guaranteed compensation.

"Once we have an acceptable deal with someone, we will close, sign and hopefully fight within a few months," manager Leland LaBarre today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Sources close to the promotion confirmed that Barnett's offer was still on the table, though talks had recently deteriorated.

Barnett served the obligation of his previous contract with the now-defunct Strikeforce when he submitted Nandor Guelmino at the promotion's final event.

This past month, Barnett indicated that he was considering the idea of signing with the industry-leader due to high demand from fans wanting to see him compete in the octagon.

But the fighter also entertained offers from competing promotions, according to LaBarre.

"We've had a discussion with every major organization you've heard of and some you haven't," he said.

UFC President Dana White recently confirmed ongoing negotiations with Barnett and expressed his openness to sign the fighter despite a contentious past with him. However, sources close to the promotion indicated things were "not looking good" at the moment.

A contract dispute in 2003 saw Barnett leave the promotion on a bad note. He won the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 36 only to be stripped of the belt when he later tested positive for steroids.

Barnett fell short in the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, losing to Daniel Cormier, but ended his tenure with a record of 4-1 following his win over Guelmino.
2/6/13 3:47 PM
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i really hope they can make a deal!!!!!!!!!

2/6/13 3:48 PM
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WTF?
2/6/13 3:49 PM
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Well it looks like any hope of seeing Josh fight relevant HW is out the window.

WTF is the sticking point cause it says they reached a deal on compensation.

2/6/13 3:49 PM
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i really hope they can make a deal!!!!!!!!!


I hope so too. Lots of match ups I'd like to see
2/6/13 3:50 PM
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Come on, guys, make this happen! Phone Post
2/6/13 3:51 PM
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NO...NO...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
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i bet that the sticking point is pro wrestling
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Wonder what the problem is, if the guaranteed money is agreed on is it PPV money? is it Josh wanting something special, do wrestling or something like that?

Whats the issue?
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elysian - NO...NO...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

why?
2/6/13 3:53 PM
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Would love to see him back Phone Post
2/6/13 3:54 PM
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i cant think of anything other than pro-wrestling. or maybe is one of Josh's main sponsors banned by the UFC?

if they agreed on compensation, what else could really be keeping Josh from wanting to sign him?

or is it something the UFC wants from Josh he wont do??

 

2/6/13 3:54 PM
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Guaranteed money...isn't total compensation ;)
2/6/13 3:55 PM
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LeftLowKick - i bet that the sticking point is pro wrestling

If thats true he's going end up at Bellitor
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Damn, I want to see Josh in the UFC.

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LeftLowKick - i bet that the sticking point is pro wrestling
This would be my guess. Probably wants to be able to wrestle in Japan or something. Phone Post
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Damn :( Phone Post
2/6/13 3:57 PM
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LeftLowKick - i bet that the sticking point is pro wrestling

If thats true he's going end up at Bellitor

Would be totally pointless unless you care about seeing him wrestling in TNA cause thats all the deal will be, he has nobody to fight in Bellators HW div.

2/6/13 3:59 PM
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Chris27 - Well it looks like any hope of seeing Josh fight relevant HW is out the window.

WTF is the sticking point cause it says they reached a deal on compensation.


Didn't it say "guaranteed compensation", could that mean maybe he wants a ppv revenue or something?

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Chris27 - Wonder what the problem is, if the guaranteed money is agreed on is it PPV money? is it Josh wanting something special, do wrestling or something like that?

Whats the issue?
This???!!! Phone Post
2/6/13 4:00 PM
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http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/2/6/3960726/josh-barnett-officially-declines-ufc-contract-offer

"However, there are some outlying issues -- one in particular -- that as of this point we were unable to agree on."



WRASSLIN PROBABLY
2/6/13 4:00 PM
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LeftLowKick - i bet that the sticking point is pro wrestling

If thats true he's going end up at Bellitor

Would be totally pointless unless you care about seeing him wrestling in TNA cause thats all the deal will be, he has nobody to fight in Bellators HW div.


could not agree more...

Does he make a lot of money in wrestling? I have no idea what their pay scale is.
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Because I wanted to see him fight with the best in the ufc. Now I'm disappointed, but will watch him fight anywhere, he is, a top 10 heavyweight after all, and The Warmaster.
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show no mercy - http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/2/6/3960726/josh-barnett-officially-declines-ufc-contract-offer

"However, there are some outlying issues -- one in particular -- that as of this point we were unable to agree on."



WRASSLIN PROBABLY

There it is, what other one issue could it be?

He wants to wrestle and the UFC wont allow it, nor should they.

2/6/13 4:17 PM
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show no mercy - http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/2/6/3960726/josh-barnett-officially-declines-ufc-contract-offer

"However, there are some outlying issues -- one in particular -- that as of this point we were unable to agree on."



WRASSLIN PROBABLY

There it is, what other one issue could it be?

He wants to wrestle and the UFC wont allow it, nor should they.


Fighting the best in the world should be enough for anyone.

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