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War No More: Josh Barnett Rejects UFC Contract


(“Don’t worry about me, Josh. I’ll be telling the media how much of a fucking joke you were to begin with by this time tomorrow.”)

It is being reported by multiple sources that Josh Barnett has officially turned down a UFC contract, despite the fact that we did literally everything within our power to hype up his return. The ungrateful son of a bitch former UFC heavyweight champion has been in negotiations with the organization to rejoin their ranks after his most recent home, Strikeforce, exited the fight game with a whimper last month.

Barnett’s manager, Leland LaBarre, seemed to suggest that show cash was not their issue with the UFC’s offer, which is pretty surprising considering the ridiculous rate Barnett was receiving over at Strikeforce. According to LaBarre, there were other, undisclosed issues between Barnett and the UFC that simply could not be worked out:

We agreed on guaranteed compensation.In fact, we never even countered. We accepted their original offer. There are some outlying issues – one in particular – that as of this point we were unable to agree on.

It is interesting that LaBarre felt comfortable making public what could very well have been a private development in contract negotiations, but would not detail what the sticking point is. Our guess: The UFC wouldn’t let Barnett go overseas on occasion to wrestle the likes of Bob Sapp. That, or they placed a special stipulation in his contract that forbid him from using a post-fight interview as a platform to quote biblical scripture or whatever the hell he was talking about at the final Strikeforce event.

Barnett’s professional record currently stands at 32-6. He has dropped only one of his ten MMA contests in the last six years — to Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last May. What do you think the one issue that kept Barnett from signing could be, Nation, and do you think he’s pushing his luck turning down a UFC contract at this point in his career?

- Elias Cepeda

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DTF- February 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm
@smellypiratehooker no they were probably shredding some knarley waaaves brooo.
MrOrange- February 7, 2013 at 10:31 am
Barnett would have looked awesome in the "Bro" or "Manssiere" with UFC on the front of it.
Mcagon- February 7, 2013 at 8:19 am
I think they tried to add a clause to his contract stating that he couldn't publicly bash Dana, which is too much to ask of anyone....
jasonmoles- February 7, 2013 at 7:54 am
Rumor is that he didn't want to sign away his likeness because he's currently in the works to make the most awesome Japanimation video game ever!
Hutch- February 7, 2013 at 7:21 am
@12oz. I knew I could count on you.
smellypiratehooker- February 7, 2013 at 6:57 am
@DTF
Did Kai put a hatchet in his head too? Cause that mothafucker is like a sun-baked boondock saint.
ArmFarmer- February 7, 2013 at 6:42 am
Eloquently put, blooddrink. You should fit right in here.
cman- February 7, 2013 at 1:42 am
Not true,
Barnett wanted to eat the children of those he keeps from passing the gate he's charged with keeping and the UFC wanted him to eat vegetables. Maybe even jog.
blooddrink- February 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm
Armfarmer, you are stupid. suck shit out of your own ass you bitch.
ArmFarmer- February 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm
Only reason im disappointed is because i wanted to watch the top 5 guys smash him into hamburger meat. I have never heard, read, or seen anything of barnett that didnt indicate that he is a grade A dirtbag. Hes a cheater, hes boring, he threatens lightweights, wants fights to the death, and his last post fight interview was like a pitifully failed attempt to copy chael sonnen. Screw this guy.
RwilsonR- February 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm
It was crazy for the UFC to assume Barnett would ever sign away the likeness to his patented muffin-top.
Buster Hyman- February 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm
im pretty sure it was over the ufc requiring a sports bra clause in the contract. props to you warmaster, let those flesh bags flop for freedom.
ByrneDout- February 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm
so frustrating.
DTF- February 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm
Check out cnn, theres a story about steven segal you guys might find interesting.
bgoldstein- February 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm
My first thought was that the UFC wanted to randomly drug-test him out of competition...forever. But yeah, it's probably the wrestling thing.
joefear- February 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm
First opponent dispute. If UFC pays him, they will want to be sure it was worth it
amsterdamheavy- February 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm
He doesnt want to give up the right to earn cash doing Fakie Wrasslin' and Zuffa doesnt go for that shit.
dipsetkilla316- February 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Lol true Dana's gonna blast him to the media, but josh ur a fucking idiot, trust me wen I tell you a year from now he's gonna be wishin he took the offer.
mma4ever- February 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm
I heard the jap trt makes ur balls swell up like a tropiccana.
mma4ever- February 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm
War no..moron yes.
Fried Taco- February 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm
He wanted to use Japanese TRT?
Pen Fifteen- February 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Barnett is maybe the greatest can crusher in the history of MMA. It's hard to imagine he wants to get thrown back in the UFC meat grinder at age 36. Have fun with the puroresu, Joshi-san.
smellypiratehooker- February 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm
Dana wouldn't agree to let M1 co-promote would be my guess.
Hutch- February 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm
Meh... He will find a home at some smaller promotion and inevitably force them to go under just like affliction. Any degenerate gamblers out there want to bet he's some sort of UFC/Dana White double agent. I'll give 2-1 odds the answer is yes.
The12ozCurls- February 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm
Put me down for $100
Sopapo- February 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm
Plus don't forget that he freaking destroyed his hand in round 1 of that fight he lost. His bone was completaly broken. Which I assume was something that had to do with the outcome. Im just saying it is worth noting.
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