Yesterday, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) went public that he didn’t plan to resign with the UFC after his final fight. The UFC also sent out a list of Strikeforce names that they were bringing in. That list didn’t have former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett (32-6) on it. With the two seemingly becoming free agents, people began to look at Bellator about signing either fighter.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said signing either fighter would be a difficult decision and the price tag that each comes with was a major reason why.
In Barnett’s final Strikeforce appearance he earned $260,000.
“[Barnett] hasn’t been a topic of conversation in our meetings with the staff,” said Rebney at Tuesday’s open workout. “Josh is a great character and he’s had some great fights, but it’s not really on our radar.”
Jackson was set to make $250,000 at UFC 144, but had to forfeit $50,000 for coming in over weight.
“He’s suffered a lot of injuries but he’s still a rock star at a very high level, and we’ll see what happens with his next fight,” said Rebney. “But we’ll still have to sit around and figure out where he fits.”
Rebney said his focus is on the next three months and their current Spike TV deal.