Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett successfully returned to the Octagon for the first time in years recently, defeating Frank Mir via first round TKO.
Barnett landed a crushing blow that floored Mir, forcing the referee to step in and call the contest.
UFC president Dana White and Mir both complained of the stoppage, and even Barnett agreed he would have been upset had it happened to him.
However, the complaints have now taken on a different role as far as “The Warmaster” is concerned, as he believes he has “cheapened” this win.
“I put this man on his face and all of a sudden all that time spent (in training) getting up to this point, I feel like that’s my time. I get to cash in for all the sacrifices I’ve put in, and I get denied,” said Barnett, during an appearance on Sherdog radio. “It does cheapen the win to some degree.”
Barnett believes, regardless of how the crowd or Mir reacted, the win puts him “right in the title contention.”
“Everybody knows that I can carry the gold,” he added.”