According to MMA Fighting, Josh Barnett has declined to sign with the UFC. This news is surprising, considering the UFC is the best promotion, and has been for some time now in the sport of MMA. The situation is detailed by Barnett’s manager below.
“We agreed on guaranteed compensation. In fact, we never even countered. We accepted their original offer. However, there are some outlying issues — one in particular — that as of this point we were unable to agree on.”
In Barnett’s last fight under the Strikeforce Banner, he would claim that he has no master, which was referring to his next move to become a fighter under the UFC promotion. Barnett fought for the UFC in years past, going 4-1 and even beating UFC Hall-Of-Famer Randy Couture.
It seemed obvious that Barnett was heading to the UFC, but he always has had a shaky relationship with them.
Barnett is coming off a dominant submission win over Nandor Gueimino, and he is one of the best catch-wrestlers in mixed martial arts right now. So, where will Barnett end up? Bellator could be a viable option. Their promotion pays fighters very well, but Barnett is a big name, and it may be hard for Bellator to shell out that kind of money to Barnett.
There is also the new World Series Of Fighting, which sports some top heavyweights like Anthony Johnson and Andrei Arlovski. Wherever Barnett goes, he is a huge name and will benefit some MMA promotion out there.