Well, you can add Josh Barnett to the small list of people that Dana White has said will never fight in the UFC again, but will now likely fight in the UFC again. Money does strange things to people, doesn’t it?
Believe it or not, the man who once offered to urinate in DW’s mouth for a steroid test, and stated that he believed “a trained monkey” could do the UFC President’s job will almost definitely be getting a call from the UFC if he is able to walk away victorious from his upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight tournament final match with Daniel Cormier on May 19th. Here’s what The Baldfather had to say:
The way that Showtime wants to do it is when that fight finally happens, whoever wins it, they wanna do another fight on Showtime, so that guy would probably come to the UFC. We’ll see what happens, you know? Josh and I have been playing nice with each other for a little while, since he got into the UFC. It’s more than just, ‘Does he win? Does he do this?’ You gotta be able to come to terms with the guy and be able to deal with him. If he wins the fight, I can’t see why he wouldn’t come here, unless we weren’t able to make a deal with him.
Truly shocking to hear from a man who once said that he didn’t care if Paul Daley was “…the best 170 pounder in the world. He’ll never come back here again,” before stating that he was open to the idea of Daley coming back again.
Dan Henderson is seriously LOL’ing at us right now.
To be fair, Barnett did make it easier for Zuffa to axe Brett Rogers, and has passed every test put in front of him since pissing hot and subsequently crushing Affliction three years ago, so perhaps he has earned the right to fight in the sport’s highest promotion once again. The fact that he has made mincemeat out of his last eight opponents surely helps push forward this notion, but what do you think? Will we be seeing Josh Barnett in the UFC by the end of 2012?
A word to the wise, Dana: Be wary of outsiders with a history, either speculated or proven, of steroid usage. It can really come back and bite you in the arse.