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Old 02-06-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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Josh Barnett may not be coming back to the UFC after all.

According to Barnett's manager Leland LaBarre, Barnett has officially declined the promotion's latest contract offer.

"We agreed on guaranteed compensation," LaBarre said. "In fact, we never even countered. We accepted their original offer.

"However, there are some outlying issues -- one in particular -- that as of this point we were unable to agree on."

Labarre said he didn't feel it was appropriate at this time to discuss which issue both sides couldn't come to terms on.

UFC officials declined to comment on the situation.

Barnett (32-6) last fought in the UFC in March 2002. His latest contract expired following his January win over Nandor Guelmino in Strikeforce.

Last week, UFC president Dana White expressed optimism that the organization would reach a deal with Barnett, who is talking to other promotions.

"We want to find the best deal for Josh and his final MMA home," LaBarre said.
I hope he gets in. The division has more depth than I've seen in a long time, and some of the old guard is still performing well enough to test the up and comers.

I wouldn't mind seeing Barnett fight Overeem in his UFC debut.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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****, really wanted to see him back.... !
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:00 AM   #3
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We don't need Barnett.


Bigfoot2013!!!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:30 AM   #4
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Any idea the last stumbling block?

Something to do with drug testing
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
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Who knows, we might get to see another classic grappler match-up.

Barnett-Mir!!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:34 AM   #6
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Any idea the last stumbling block?

Something to do with drug testing
Without knowing anything, my guess would be some sort of sponsorship conflict issue.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:47 AM   #7
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Without knowing anything, my guess would be some sort of sponsorship conflict issue.

Could be that. Could be likeness rights, exclusivity rights, championship clause.... could be any of a hundred things.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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Barnett is going to try his luck on the open market. What a ********. He must think he'll be better off trying to milk the World Series of Fighting or One FC for fights. I wanted to see him make a run against the best heavyweights in the world. Now his last world class fight will be his solid defeat by Cormier. Have fun in Japan, Josh. I am disappoint.
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Barnett is going to try his luck on the open market. What a ********. He must think he'll be better off trying to milk the World Series of Fighting or One FC for fights. I wanted to see him make a run against the best heavyweights in the world. Now his last world class fight will be his solid defeat by Cormier. Have fun in Japan, Josh. I am disappoint.
Maybe ufc should pay and treat there fighters better. A big name like barnett doesn't need an org.
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Barnett is going to try his luck on the open market. What a ********. He must think he'll be better off trying to milk the World Series of Fighting or One FC for fights. I wanted to see him make a run against the best heavyweights in the world. Now his last world class fight will be his solid defeat by Cormier. Have fun in Japan, Josh. I am disappoint.
Because he has no choice but to take what the UFC offer him right? Oh wait there are other options left? Josh much like every other fighter will negotiate a deal that is in HIS best interests. If thats not with the UFC then hey ho he fights elsewhere. As few options as there are left, thanks to Heir Dana and his quest for his Reich of world domination, there is of course One FC, Bellator et al. The UFC have always been difficult to negotiate, and are now in a position to dictate their own terms because there are so little options left, thanks again to the UFC. If Josh is better off without them more power to him.
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Maybe ufc should pay and treat there fighters better. A big name like barnett doesn't need an org.
You'd have thought a veteran fan like Sugar would have got that by now. He's too busy drinking the UFC koolaid....
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I'm hoping he takes on the winner of Tank/Warpath.
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We don't need Barnett.


Bigfoot2013!!!!
Barnett would be a serious threat to the top fighters in the UFC though....
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Barnett would be a serious threat to the top fighters in the UFC though....

Lol. I know.
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