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It Begins (Again (For Serious This Time)): Josh Barnett Inks Multi-Fight Deal With the UFC

(We assume that this is how Barnett’s contract negotiation went down.)

Although we might have jumped the gun when we noticed that Josh Barnett’s profile had been added to some weeks back — which honestly, can you blame us? – it finally appears that the perennial top heavyweight IS in fact headed back to the UFC despite rejecting his initial contract. For serious this time (via MMAJunkie/USA Today):

USA TODAY Sports/ today confirmed with promotion officials that former UFC heavyweight champion Barnett has signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to make his return to the octagon later this year. An official announcement is expected soon. 

“The Warmaster” has not competed since effortlessly strangling out some dude at the final Strikeforce event, but his addition to the UFC’s apparently shallow heavyweight division will undoubtedly make for some fireworks. Who would you like to see Barnett face first, Potato Nation? Personally, I’d like to see him rematch Nandor Guelmino, the scary-looking sumbitch who if I recall correctly gave Barnett one hell of a fight at…what’s that? You say Nandor *is* the guy Barnett effortlessly tapped at the final Strikeforce event? Joe Silva, I don’t know how you pull it off, you magnificent “mean little f*cker.”

To celebrate Barnett’s sure-to-be-triumphant return, we’ve compiled the definitive collection of Warbringer songs (and the Bolt Thrower song after which Barnett is nicknamed) after the jump. If you don’t understand why, well then you just don’t know Josh Barnett.


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Mr_Misanthropy- May 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm
Bolt Thrower is playing here next week but the show has been sold out for two months. That never happens at metal shows. Tickets were going for $150 (probably more now. I hope all those hipster fags that never show up at every other show I want to see get trampled to death in a puddle of their own blood, vomit, and stale beer.

And oh yeah Josh Barnett.
JayJitsu310- May 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm
Bolt Thrower rules, got to see them with Carcass, and Napalm Death a few years back. Have them on my ipod "training" playlist. $150 for tickets!!!! Had no idea they had that many fans still.

And oh yeah, Josh Barnett.
algiersheadkick504- May 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Damn nick must been a bitch to type....anyway what gatekeeper will they throw him first? Gonzaga? Struve? Or maybe just say fuck it and throw him pat Barry after he kicks Shawn Jordan's leg in two. (Huge lsu fan tho)
nick diaz and the dub sack- May 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Another member of Dana White's illustrious "This-f*cking-guy-will-never-f*cking-fight-in-the-f*cking-UF-f*cking-C-ever-f*cking-again Club". Dana White: man of authority, speaker of truths.

On a COMPLETELY unrelated note, can we institute a new Cage Potato ban on Dana White saying, "fighter x will never f*cking fight for us again"? Or maybe just a CP ban on Dana White all together. His words seem to ring just the tiniest bit hollow.
Nintendong- May 22, 2013 at 11:49 am
It is Josh "THE WARMASTER" Barnett. Seriously CP you cats aren't even trying anymore.

Warmaster is an LP by the band Bolt Thrower and a Warhammer 40k reference. Bolt Thrower is also Barnett's favorite band.
JayJitsu310- May 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm
You are correct, on all accounts.
The12ozCurls- May 22, 2013 at 10:11 am
Did you have to search for these clips or did you have ALL of them bookmarked in your "favorites" folder?
Fried Taco- May 22, 2013 at 10:09 am
So they finally were able to agree on that sticking-point in the contract, letting Josh participate in Japanese midget wrestling against transgender sumos.