(If you think the Dream promoters won’t throw this kid in there with Barnett, then you haven’t been paying close enough attention.)
Josh Barnett has officially signed with Dream, according to MMA Weekly, and is gearing up for a return to non-scripted fighting action on their March 22 event. There’s just one problem. As he mentioned on his Twitter yesterday, nobody seems to want to fight him. Or maybe that’s not true. Maybe there are people who want to fight him. They’re just, you know, a little busy at the moment.
Of the non-UFC, non-joke heavyweights out there who might actually give Barnett a fight, there just aren’t too many people with an empty dance card. Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers are both betrothed to one another, as are Andrei Arlovski and "Bigfoot" Silva. Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum seem headed for a May date, but even if the M-1 boys are throwing a wrench in those plans by angling to get a higher price tag for Fedor, it seems unlikely that Dream could convince Werdum to take a fight with Barnett on a couple weeks’ notice in the meantime.
Aside from some of the more ridiculous options (no offense Bob Sapp, it’s just, well, you know…), that doesn’t leave a lot of meat on the table for Babyface. Whaddaya say, any huskier members of the Potato Nation feel like stepping up on short notice and making a few extra bucks? We’re not going to lie to you, it’s probably going to hurt.