Heavyweight Josh Barnett recently admitted he was certain there are high-ranking officials in the UFC who aren’t interested in signing him once his Strikeforce deal ends in 2013. However, Barnett believes his past accomplishments in the ring may be enough to make his detractors holster their hate and bring him on board.
Barnett is one of the division’s most successful big men, racking up an overall record of 31-6 and past wins over the likes of Sergei Kharitonov, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. With a resume like that, and victories in eight of his last nine, Barnett thinks he will end up in the Octagon but is also okay with the possibility of things not working out as planned.
I think it’s pretty likely. I think it’s a good fit for a person like me. I mean, unless you don’t want me to go in there and beat all those dudes up and completely throw your rankings out of whack, and change the whole perception of who the best heavyweights in the world are. Now if you don’t want that, then yeah, definitely don’t bring me over. But if you just want to have the biggest and best collection of heavyweights in the world, then you’ve got to have me there.”
“I want to go where the opportunity is best. And I like the idea of that full roster over there being at my disposal to be disposed of. I’m sure that my management and everybody will work it out to wherever fits best, that’s where I’ll be.”
SOURCE: The MMA Hour
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