If Josh Barnett and the UFC were able to reach a deal, the first fight was already mapped out. UFC president Dana White revealed that former champion Junior dos Santos would have welcomed Barnett back inside the Octagon and there would have been no issues with putting it together.
“Josh Barnett is a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy, he does his own thing, beats to his own f–king drum,” said White during the UFC on FUEL TV post-fight media scrum. “Josh Barnett’s never been a guy to say I don’t want to fight this guy or I won’t fight that guy. He’s not that type of person.”
Barnett was offered a UFC contract after Strikeforce ceased operations last month, but he turned them down.
It was over a decade ago that Barnett last appeared for the UFC. After he won the heavyweight championship, Barnett was stripped of it and released as he tested positive for steroids in a post-fight drug test.
Santos lost his heavyweight championship to Cain Velasquez at December’s UFC 155. He returns at UFC 160 against former No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem.