When the UFC revealed a list of names that would be coming over after Strikeforce folded, Josh Barnett (32-6) didn’t make the cut. Later in the day, his name would appear on the UFC’s website before it was removed. Barnett had spoken out that he hadn’t heard from the UFC.
Recently, UFC president Dana White opened up about Barnett rejoining the promotion.
“I have not [spoken with Barnett],” said White at the UFC 158 press conference. “It’s probably going to happen.”
Barnett last appeared for the UFC over a decade ago. After going 2-1 for the UFC, Barnett won their heavyweight championship. The title was relinquished and Barnett was released, after he tested positive for steroids in his championship victory. He would test positive again for steroids in 2009, causing his Affliction meeting with Fedor Emelianenko to be cancelled.
Since then, Barnett competed mostly for Strikeforce going 3-1, with his only loss being in the heavyweight grand prix finals to Daniel Cormier.
As of this time, Barnett has not resigned with the UFC.