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2/6/13 6:30 PM
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NAKMEEZY - Cormier already schooled him. UFC signed some big heavyweights this past 6 months. UFC needs Barnett way less than Barnett needs UFC..
Get real man - he lost a war to possibly the best heavyweight out there? Barnett is a beast - and while yes the UFC doesn't "need" him, it's not like he will starve if he avoids the zuffa banner. Phone Post
Lets be real here, best heavyweight outside the UFC, he hasnt fought inside the UFC, so his rank is yet to be measured Phone Post

crackhead mentality.

Zuffa just singed a guy who couldn't land a punch on Josh, while mid-flu..

Dudes a beast they can sign him or not, but saying he ain't all that is just ignorant...
2/6/13 6:31 PM
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wow terrible news...ths thread is nonmetallic

2/6/13 6:32 PM
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Ill bet it wasn't financial, but rather ufc stipulating additional drug testing Phone Post
2/6/13 6:33 PM
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LOL

Rogers? Kharitonov? Nogueira? Cro Cop? Hunt?

I assume you're referring to my post and apparently the "past 6+ years" part confused you.  He has not fought Nog, Cro Cop, or Hunt in the past 6 years.

And you can LOL all you want, but since he left Pride, he hasn't fought top guys.  In the past 6 years, top HW's not in the UFC consisted of Fedor, Werdum, Overeem, Arlovski, Bigfoot Silva, Sylvia, Rothwell, Roy Nelson, etc...  Barnett fought in the same organization as all of them and they all managed to fight each other, yet Barnett magically avoided ALL of them.

He's fought 1 top guy in the past 6 years, and he lost.

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2/6/13 6:33 PM
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lol @ anyone thinking Barnett would sign with zuffa!!
2/6/13 6:38 PM
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Whether it's the pro wrestling or desiring to withhold his image from UFC videogames or other related products, I doubt Zuffa would move on either.  That's just not a precedent they're going to set. 

If those are his issues, Barnett would be better off accepting Zuffa's requirements on those issues and going back looking to raise his guaranteed compensation.  In other words, "Fine, no pro wrestling and I get to be all over your video games, but I want 30% more per fight than we were discussing previously." 

Zuffa will part with cash sooner than they'll part with their right to control their brand. 

2/6/13 6:43 PM
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Josh got stripped and tossed from the UFC once because of drugs... he destroyed Strikeforce because of drugs....he's been popped before for drugs....

I'm just spitballing here, but I'd lay a good chunk of change on it being some sort of guarantee/avenue of repercussion in the event Josh pop's hot again... that he just couldn't agree to

...which means he's probably still rolling the dice on PED's
2/6/13 6:55 PM
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Sal Penis - One more Ace card in Bellator's hands. Nice going Zuffa, you fucked up. Phone Post
You think Bellator is going to offer him more money?

Not likely. He pulled 250k for his last strikeforce fight Phone Post
2/6/13 6:55 PM
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2/6/13 6:57 PM
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Sal Penis - One more Ace card in Bellator's hands. Nice going Zuffa, you fucked up. Phone Post
You think Bellator is going to offer him more money?

Not likely. He pulled 250k for his last strikeforce fight Phone Post

They must be offering something for Barnett to walk if the money was right.

You know they paid Randy A LOT of money..
2/6/13 7:02 PM
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Glad to hear it.

The only MMA fans that like him still think wrasslin' is real.

 

2/6/13 7:04 PM
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It has nothing to do with anything except wrestling. He wants the option, it's a major passion of his and has been since day one, and they aren't gonna give it to him. It's a shame on both sides but it is what it is. No pro wrestling option, no contract. Phone Post
2/6/13 7:13 PM
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2/6/13 7:22 PM
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2/6/13 7:26 PM
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At least we got Nandor

2/6/13 7:35 PM
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I'm gonna sub in case Josh or Dana pop in Phone Post
2/6/13 7:43 PM
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He won't sign over his likeness to the UFC forever. Phone Post
2/6/13 7:51 PM
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i would deffinetly stream any fight the UFC had for Barnett, so this is frustrating....
There might be a no compete clause or something in there.
2/6/13 7:57 PM
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Probably because they won't allow him to participate in pro wrestling events. Zuffa probably only wants an exclusive contract only with the UFC. He could maybe do a deal with bellator like King Mo did.
2/6/13 8:02 PM
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He's not stupid. He knows that there's still some people who believe he's still real to them dammit and doesn't want to get that image torn down the way Overeem's was this past weekend. He can go somewhere else, be champion, and keep making people believe he's a top heavyweight. I personally think if it's more money he wants than he should just go to WWE and take his fans with him.
Flame on bromos! Phone Post
2/6/13 8:07 PM
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lol ,somebody read the contract.

2/6/13 8:12 PM
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Barnett has avoided top HW's for the past 6+ years, so this isn't surprising.

This.

Goes on about how he will slaughter the HW division then... Goes and wrestles in Japan. Phone Post
2/6/13 8:28 PM
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hawaiidave -  He won't sign over his likeness to the UFC forever. Phone Post

Most Likely. That would mess up being in wrasling video games.
2/6/13 8:38 PM
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Make an exception dfw, Josh is worth it.

 

2/6/13 8:40 PM
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I don't think it has anything to do with wrestling. He should know by now that the UFC won't allow that. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe they're still negotiating, which would explain why no one has come out and said the reason there is no contract.

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