Jan 12, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Josh Barnett is declared winner in bout with Nandor Guelmino (not shown) in their Strikeforce MMA Heavyweight bout at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Barnett Unsure of Post-Strikeforce Future; Hopes To 'Wreck Ship' in UFC

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Heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett steamrolled his opponent Nandor Guelmino in their bout on the Strikeforce promotions final card. It was a lop-sided bout that saw Barnett make quick work of his little known opponent.

Now that he finishes his Strikeforce run with a win under his belt, many are wondering what the next move is for Barnett.

Barnett has a poor relationship with the UFC officials and he has bounced around various promotions for the past decade, despite being considered a top ten heavyweight in the world. However, with the Strikeforce roster being raided for UFC talent, could “The Warmaster” find his way back to the world’s biggest promotion?

I think it would be fantastic,” said Barnett.

“It would be a great place to fight and put myself up against these heavyweights, some of which are considered to be the best in the world. I would like to test that theory out because I don’t think some of the praise that is put on these guys is not just inherited by the organization that they fight in. For me to go over there and wreck shop and rampage all over these guys would be a lot of fun for me personally and professionally. But that’s not something that’s entirely in my ability to make happen, so we’ll see how things turn out. We’ll see if the UFC wants the services of a mercenary like myself.”

Barnett has not fought in the UFC since 2002, when he defeated Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight championship. Unfortunately, Barnett tested positive for a banned substance following the bout and was later stripped of his title. That’s when Barnett turned to Japan to find a new MMA home.

It would be great to see Barnett brought back in to the UFC for some challenges against the top fighters in the world. He is an entertaining character and his skill set could create some exciting matchups in the UFC heavyweight division.

Barnett has paid his dues and earned his way back to the octagon. Let’s hope UFC president Dana White can come to his senses and welcome “The Warmaster” back to the organization.

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