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Prepare for War: Dana White Says Josh Barnett is “Probably” Headed Back to the UFC

(“Why yes, Dana, the blonde gentleman in the lower left *is* my doctor. What of it?”)

The Sam and Diane relationship between Josh Barnett and the UFC continues to forge ahead, Potato Nation. Fortunately, we have more than an outdated profile to go with this time. During the media scrum following the UFC 158 press conference earlier today, Dana White was questioned by MMAMania about the likelihood of seeing “The Warmaster” back in the octagon, and the UFC President was surprisingly optimistic:

I have not (spoken with Barnett). It’s probably going to happen.

There you have it; absolute and undeniable proof that Barnett is back, baby. And here you thought we were just tugging your respective dicks this whole time. Shame on you.

On a serious note, bringing Barnett back to the UFC despite his past transgressions seems like a good move by the promotion for a multitude of reasons. There is surely a great amount of risk involved in the deal, but consistently entertaining upper echelon heavyweights like Barnett are not exactly a common occurrence in MMA. Throw in his marketability, experience, business savvy, etc. and there’s no way the UFC can turn him down. That being said, expect Barnett to take a decent sized pay cut should he sign with Zuffa, because there is no way in hell they will be paying him 250k to show.

Plus, Barnett seems to have finally smartened up with the whole “steroid” thing that saw him stripped of his newly-earned Heavyweight title at UFC 36 (Author’s note: Well, there was also that time he killed Affliction, but just go with me here), so at least some of Dana’s concerns should be quelled for the time being. That, or Barnett’s just found some next-level shit that no test can detect yet. In either case, if Dana can so easily forgive Overeem, Diaz, and Sonnen for their personal issues in the past, he should be able to do the same with Barnett. But only time will tell, of course.

In the meantime, let’s put on our matchmaker pants and get to work. Who would you like to see Barnett paired up with first should he actually make it over to the UFC?

-J. Jones

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rudedude- January 24, 2013 at 9:17 am
Barnet vs Mir or big country
painvelasquez- January 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm
I just saw barnett tap aleksander out in PRIDE yesterday when i was taking my midnight bonh hits.. im pumped to see him in UFC again..
algiersheadkick504- January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm
This must be the "clique" kayne was talking about
DARKHORSE06- January 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm
Fucking awesome news. Always like Barnett and his jiggly b cups.
Barnett vs Roy Nelson gets my vote.
I haven't bought a UFC in about a year. Id pay to see that.
angry little feet- January 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm
Is bottom right Sean O'Haire? Looks like him.
Tocool- January 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm
The big dude appears to be Jon Andersen. Former strongman competitor who wrestles as "Strong Man" in NJPW.

Also, Necro Butcher in the back!
Fried Taco- January 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm
The guy bottom left is WFW's boyfriend. Who else could left all that fat up to get in there? Seven times a day?
ReX13- January 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm
Looking at Barnett and his buds from the puroresu circuit -- i got RVD, Antonio Inoki, Bobby Lashley, Tank Abbott, and i'm pretty sure "Doc" is Scott Steiner -- a potential sticking point in contract negotiations occurs to me. Barnett will, as you rightly point out, be losing a whole bunch of money going from SF to UFC. So will Uncle Dana let him do wrestling shows on the side? I mean, stealth designer steroids ain't cheap, is all.
Alan K- January 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm
You know that Barnett is clean because that guy in the lower left has injected all the steroids. All of them.
dipsetkilla316- January 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Lol look at RVD in the back, him and Diaz r blunt buddy's lol. I guess I'm happy throw all the shot Barnett has done, for some reason I just don't hate him. I feel like I should, but I don't. Lets see wat he can do he has a pretty good record and has beaten so decent guys, but he better not fail another drug test or els Dana's gonna rip him a new asshole
doctorman- January 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm
there they are!