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Old 02-03-2013, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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White suggests Velasquez-Cormier possible; Barnett not getting quick title shot

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by Dann Stupp and Matt Erickson on Feb 03, 2013 at 9:00 am ET

LAS VEGAS – On Saturday at UFC 156, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva derailed Alistair Overeem's planned title shot and threw the heavyweight division into a bit of chaos. Even UFC President Dana White isn't sure what to make of it.

Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was promised a title shot if he beat Silva (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC). However, in the pay-per-view co-headliner of UFC 156 in Las Vegas, Silva beat down the former Strikeforce champion with a violent third-round assault.

With a previous loss to current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and a modest two-fight win streak, Silva won't take Overeem's spot and get the next shot. Additionally, other than ex-champ Junior Dos Santos, who's 1-1 against Velasquez, there's no clear No. 1 contender.

So what about Josh Barnett, who's in talks with the UFC about a potential deal? The former Strikeforce fighter recently rebounded from a grand-prix finale loss to Daniel Cormier with a submission win over unheralded Nandor Guelmino. If a deal is reached, could Barnett get the next shot?

"No, there's no way," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Cormier is here, know what I mean?

Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF), of course, is already under contract and slated to fight former UFC champ Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) in April at UFC on FOX 7. Barnett, though, is still in negotiations. White, though, is encouraged Barnett and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva can come to terms.

"Joe's been dealing it, and I haven't been," he said. "But I can tell you this: I haven't heard anything negative. I haven't gotten any calls going, 'Josh Barnett is crazy. He's out of his mind.' I haven't had any of those calls."

And though many in the industry assumed Cormier wouldn't fight Velasquez, his American Kickboxing Academy teammate, White didn't completely rule out the possibility. It's unlikely, he said, but it's not impossible.

"I'd be shocked if Cormier came out, fought Mir and beat Mir, and said, 'Now I want to fight Cain Velasquez,'" White said. "I'd be shocked if that happened. I would see him coming out and saying 'I want to go to 205 (pounds)' before that happened.

"But he's never said that to me, just so you know. From what I understand, Cain and Cormier would fight each – from what I understand. But I would be shocked if he did. I mean, those guys were in there hugging for 15 minutes after [Velasquez] won the title.

"But who knows? They're pretty serious guys, and like I always say, it's all about proving who the best is. 'That guy might be my friend, but I know what he's got, and I know what I get when I get that belt.' Because all the guys who've got a champ in their camp, they see how these guys live and what the deal is when you've got that belt. When you've got that belt, it's a whole other ballgame."

For complete coverage of UFC 156, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.
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I don't think it will happen.
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Doubt it. He was meant to be the true champion in 205. Too bad Brock retired. Even though I never considered him an MMA fighter he brought entertainment value.
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I wish DC and Cain would fight, it would be a great match up
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They are training partners and friends, I highly doubt it will happen.
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Doubt it'll happen. Cormier and Cain seem pretty close, besides Cormier's done nothing but talk about Jon Jones so let's make that happen, Cain can beat up the winner of Hunt/Struve while Junior beats up Overeem and we can get the trilogy fight.
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LOL @ the idea of Struve or Hunt fighting Cain. I love me some Mark Hunt, but that fight would send Mark into retirement and genuinely upset me.

Right now Fabricio is the logical choice. It's a shame he's tied up for so long. I doubt Cain wants to sit out most of 2013.

Looking forward to see what Barnett can do in the UFC. Plenty of people sleeping on this guy, imo.
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Hunt/Struve winner isn't the most ideal option but really who is there? Werdum would be the best choice but he's tied up and he doesn't fight Nog until June, Cain should be fighting in May and even than that might not be enough time for Hunt or Struve to heal up since they fight in March, it sounds crazy but the planets might have aligned for Bigfoot.
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Meh, they should just do Bigfoot vs. Cain II on a strong card that people will buy regardless. Make it a two championship event with a strong main card. Heavyweight needs time to sort itself out now that Overeem shit the bed.
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Hunt/Struve winner isn't the most ideal option but really who is there? Werdum would be the best choice but he's tied up and he doesn't fight Nog until June, Cain should be fighting in May and even than that might not be enough time for Hunt or Struve to heal up since they fight in March, it sounds crazy but the planets might have aligned for Bigfoot.
Heavyweight is interesting in that there are two guys that are completely above the rest of the division skill wise. I honestly dont think Overeem had a chance in hell of beating either Cain or JDS. I really dont see anyone other then JDS presenting any kind of challenge to Cain right now. THe winner of Hunt/Struve will deserve a shot, but neither of them has a chance in hell of getting the belt.
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