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Posts by tag: Josh Barnett

1 year ago

Josh Barnett Wins UFC 164 Return Over Frank Mir

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Josh Barnett returned to the UFC for the first time in 11 years at UFC 164. Barnett said he was coming to defend his title and while there was no title on the line he did make a statement at the expense of Frank Mir.

Barnett fought for the first time in the UFC at 164 since winning the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 36 becoming the youngest heavyweight champ. Barnett defeated Randy Couture for the title at 36 and was quickly stripped of the title after he tested positive for PEDs.

Barnett flirted with a return to the UFC over the last several years but was finally able to make a deal a few months back. UFC president Dana White welcomed Barnett back with a big challenge, a fight with a former heavyweight champion. Barnett was not going to get an easy road. He had to get through Frank Mir first ..click here to read more ,

1 year ago

Josh Barnett Vs. Frank Mir Set For UFC 164

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Frank Mir offered to welcome back Josh Barnett to the UFC and he has gotten his wish. The two former UFC heavyweight kingpins will slug it out at UFC 164 in one of the more intriguing heavyweight fights of the year.

The UFC made the announcement this week shortly after it was announced that Barnett was returning to the company. The fight pits two former heavyweight champions with one on the decline and the other fighting in his biggest fight in years.

I think that the UFC has thrown Barnett an easy first fight. Dana White said awhile back that he wanted to match Barnett up with Junior Dos Santos in his first fight back. With all due respect to Frank Mir he is not nearly as dangerous of an opponent as JDS. I don’t know many people who would have picked ..click here to read more , ,

1 year ago

Josh Barnett Returning To The UFC

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Josh Barnett is coming home. The seventh Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion has signed a multi-fight deal to return to the octagon for the first time in over eleven years.

I may be wrong but I can’t remember another UFC star or former champion that had such a large gap between runs as Barnett’s eleven years. MMAJunkie.com broke the news earlier this week that after months of negotiating, Barnett and the UFC finally agreed on a deal.

“USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with promotion officials that former UFC heavyweight champion Barnett has signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to make his return to the octagon later this year. An official announcement is expected soon.”

This is big news to a heavyweight division that has been up and down over the last several years in regards to star power. ..click here to read more

2 years ago

Josh Barnett Not Signing With UFC

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The flirtation between Josh Barnett and Dana White went exactly as you expected it would. Barnett will not be returning to the UFC but the reason why may or may not surprise you.

MMAfighting.com broke the story on Wednesday that Josh Barnett will not be moving to the UFC. The reason why though and the circumstances behind it are quite interesting. According to the story the UFC and Barnett agreed on all of the financial terms of a new deal. Surprisingly (or not) the report says that it was Barnett who turned down the deal due to the UFC failing to meet one undisclosed term which was not financial.

This is bad news for the UFC, especially coming off of a pay per view where their next scheduled championship fight completely fell apart. The heavyweight division is in trouble, big ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

UFC Champ Cain Velasquez: Who’s Next?

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The UFC is still reeling days after their planned heavyweight championship showdown fell apart thanks to a big, nasty giant. So what is next for Cain Velasquez? Let’s take a look at the division and breakdown some possible matchups for the champ.

It was too easy yet the UFC got cute and fell on their faces. Alistair Overeem walked into the UFC looking like a Greek God and sent the former heavyweight kingpin Brock Lesnar into retirement. The aura was created, the fans bought in, and a million dollar challenger was born.

Even with a failed PED test (which had a ton of comedy around it), Overeem was still promised the next title fight. Then Overeem and the UFC made the ultimate gamble and set up their golden challenger with a tune up fight. Unfortunately this isn’t pro wrestling and there is never a guaranteed win in MMA. They both found out ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

List Of Strikeforce Fighters To UFC Roster

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The Strikeforce going out of business sale is underway with numerous fighters migrating over to the UFC. The UFC has officially announced the first list of fighters jumping over with one interesting name missing from the list.

The UFC made the official announcement on Fuel TV this week. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises on the list but there is one somewhat of a surprise off of the list. The list according to UFC so far includes…

Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (11-0)

Light Heavyweight: Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2) Gian Villante (10-3)

Middleweight: Roger Gracie (6-1) Tim Kennedy (15-4) Lorenz Larkin (13-0) Luke Rockhold (10-1) Ronaldo Souza (17-3)

Welterweight: Roger Bowling (11-3) Jason High (16-3) Nate Marquardt (32-11-2) Tarec Saffiedine (14-3) Bobby Voelker (24-8)

Lightweight: Ryan Couture (6-1) Pat Healy (29-16) Kurt Holobaugh (8-1) Adriano Martins (24-6) Gilbert Melendez (21-2) K.J. Noons (11-6) Josh Thomson (19-5)

Most MMA fans, at least the ones the follow the sport on the Internet already know about some of the bigger ..click here to read more , , , ,

2 years ago

Strikeforce: Marquardt Vs. Saffiedine Results and Wrap Up

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The dust has settled in Oklahoma City and the hexagonal cage of Strikeforce is being disassembled for the final time, and likely being prepped for sale on eBay. In what was a highly entertaining night of fights, Strikeforce gave a final farewell to the fans and a showcase for several of their fighters. Although I usually give you a brief recap of the fight and what’s next for each of the main card fighters in these write ups, I think it’s probably more sensible to talk about the winners who will likely be moving into the UFC and potential first opponents for their bouts.

Lightweight Bout: Estevan Payan defeated Michael Bravo via TKO (Punches) at 4:01 of Round 2

Payan looked impressive battering Bravo all over the cage for the better part of two rounds. If he moves into the UFC Lightweight division, he’s going to be receiving significantly better competition. There ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Strikeforce: Marquardt Vs. Saffiedine Predictions and Analysis

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This weekend marks a landmark event for the Strikeforce organization. It is the final fight card on their Showtime contract, but it is also expected to serve as the final Strikeforce event of all time, as after this event the promotion is expected to be folded and merged into the UFC. This Saturday night live from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the card will air on Showtime. Although the card was initially dubbed ‘Champions’ most of those champions have since pulled out from the event. Although what’s left is a bit watered down, many of these guys will be fighting for a UFC contract, so there should still be some entertaining bouts.

Despite many of the champions pulling out, there are a couple of champions that still remain on the card. The main event of the evening features a Welterweight Championship bout between Strikeforce champ Nate Marquardt taking ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Top 20 MMA Fights Of 2012

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2012 was a mixed year for Mixed Martial Arts on the biggest stages. There were some major highs and some serious lows. Let’s start with the highs which included the emergence of several big name MMA promotions including One FC in Asia and the World Series of Fighting in the USA. Other highs included the addition of Women’s MMA to the UFC as the women will finally get their chance to shine on the world’s biggest stage for fighting, and they owe a lot of that to the work of all-female fight promotion Invicta FC. Georges St. Pierre, the UFC’s king of Pay Per View made his long awaited return from injury in a classic bout against Carlos Condit, the addition of the UFC’s Flyweight division has yet to put out a boring fight and the UFC’s deal with Fox continues to prove a strong move for both the UFC ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Strikeforce World Grand Prix Tournament Final: Barnett Vs. Cormier Predictions & Analysis

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The other promotion owned by Zuffa (Strikeforce) brings an end to the event that was supposed to be a landmark for the company. When Scott Coker and company decided to roll out the Heavyweight World Grand Prix the idea, was great on paper. Featuring the eight best Heavyweights in the world that resided outside the UFC, it was supposed to be a tournament that would bring Strikeforce to another level, one where they could finally compete with the UFC.

Here we are nearly 20 months later and the Grand Prix is finally coming to a close. The overwhelming favorites at the beginning of the Grand Prix; Fedor Emelianenko – eliminated in the opening round and off to greener pastures in Russia, Alistair Overeem – one time UFC contender, now serving a 9-month suspension for a failed blood test, Antonio Silva or Fabricio Werdum – both preparing to make their UFC debuts ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Five Options For Junior Dos Santos At UFC 146

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Junior Dos SantosAlistair Overeem’s failed test has sent the UFC heavyweight championship into chaos. Overeem is not expected to get licensed for his UFC 146 title fight which leaves Junior Dos Santos and a championship opportunity open for one lucky heavyweight.

The MMA world is buzzing in anticipation of who Dana White will name as JDS’ new challenger. Speculation has run rapid on which fighter could be with the social media world guessing everyone from the obvious to the absurd. You really didn’t think you’d escape this story without seeing the name Fedor did you?

Dana White has already made it clear that there will be a UFC heavyweight championship fight at UFC 146. Unfortunately ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Josh Barnett Could Return To The UFC With GP Win

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josh barnettFormer UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett left the UFC in disgrace over ten years ago. Barnett has stayed active and is currently one win away from not only earning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix but quite possibly a return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC president Dana White broke the news this week and while it isn’t shocking, it is still a bit of a surprise. White addressed the rumor that Barnett would head back to the UFC if he defeats Daniel Cormier on May 19.

“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 ..click here to read more , , , ,

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