A major factor in Josh Barnett choosing not to resign with the UFC was that he wanted a deal similar to what Eddie Alvarez was offered and the promotion wasn’t open to that. UFC president Dana White recently stated that if Barnett came back, his first challenge would have been opposite another former champion in Junior dos Santos.
“I was excited to fight Junior,” said Barnett on The MMA Hour. “I thought he was a favorable match up for me, but Zuffa was unwilling to give me something that they gave Eddie Alvarez. No disrespect to Eddie, but I felt it was fair to give it to me as well.”
Alvarez was reported to make $75,000 per show with another $75,000 win bonus. He was also set to take a cut from the PPV he was to appear on. That contract was never signed as a judge denied Alvarez an injunction from Bellator.
Barnett feels bad for the fans who wanted to see him back inside the Octagon for the first time in over a decade. He was stripped of the heavyweight title for failing a post-fight drug test and then released.
Where Barnett lands now is unknown as his recent employer, Strikeforce, is out of business.