The UFC’s heavyweight division is easily the best collection of “big boy” talent in the world. However, one key player has been missing for awhile in the form of Josh Barnett who wasn’t even brought over when the bulk of Strikeforce’s roster was folded into the UFC earlier this year.
That wrong was righted this week when the organization inked the seasoned veteran to a multi-fight contract with expectations of action in the near future. MMAJunkie broke the news late last night with confirmation of the deal coming from Zuffa officials.
Barnett is 32-6 in his career with notable past wins over Mark Hunt, Jeff Monson, Sergei Kharitonov, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, not to mention success in nine of his last ten tilts. The majority of the 35-year old’s victories have featured some form of his finish as well with seven TKOs and twenty submissions to his credit.
Additionally, “The Warmaster” is also a former UFC champion, though he was stripped of the belt after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs a decade ago.