Per MMA Hour, Josh Barnett turned down the UFC offer-
“I was excited to fight Junior. I thought he was a favorable match up for me, but Zuffa was unwilling to give me something that they gave Eddie Alvarez. No disrespect to Eddie, but I felt it was fair to give it to me as well. Although things seem to be working out well for me, I feel bad for the fans. They wanted me to fight certain guys in the UFC and I really wanted to give them those fights. Once we get the deal we are working on done, the fight the fans scream for will be lost forever.”
Ok, I really would like to see Barnett in the UFC, Barnett vs Bigfoot in a number 1 contenders bout? I’m in. Barnett vs the Overeem/JDS loser would be a much better fight. Lets be honest, he got toasted by Cormier, a fighter he has a VAST experience edge over and looked like POO.
Not to mention, he’s 35, hard to put up with and how many fights does he have left? Can/Will he get popped for Roids AGAIN?
Lets go with Eddie’s Deal
75K/75K to start
Cut of the PPV buys over 200K
Plus a fight on Fox.
I don’t see why the UFC couldn’t give the Eddie Deal- Unless Barnett wanted his first fight on Fox. Barnett can be a bit dull at times, and live mic on National TV can be a bad idea with a loose cannon like Barnett. My personal opinion is he wanted a LOT more than 75K and still have chances to goto Japan.
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