Josh Barnett (32-6) hasn’t spoken to the UFC about coming back and is currently weighing the free agent market. Wherever Barnett ends up, he looks to end his career there according to his manager Leland Labarre.
“We have not entered into negotiations with any company,” said Labarre to MMA Junkie. “We know the fans would love for Josh to fight in the UFC, and Josh would love to fight in the UFC, if that’s the way things work out.”
Barnett took on both the flu and Nandor Guelmino (11-4) at the final Strikeforce event. It took Barnett just over two minutes in the opening round to lock in the arm triangle choke for another submission win. All of his three Strikeforce victories have come by submission. He went 3-1 for the promotion with his only loss coming to Daniel Cormier (11-0) in the Grand Prix Finals.
“We want to find something that’s hopefully going to be his last contract and find a permanent home,” said Labarre.
The now 35-year-old heavyweight competed for the UFC last in 2002, when he won their heavyweight championship. He was stripped of the title after testing positive for a banned substance post-fight. Following his release, Barnett competed around the globe including appearances for PRIDE, DREAM and Affliction.
Barnett had mentioned before his final Strikeforce appearance that he was open to a UFC return.