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Budhisten 02-06-2013 04:05 PM

Josh Barnett rejects UFC contract offer

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.

Off to Bellator I guess

joshua7789 02-06-2013 04:07 PM


Purgetheweak 02-06-2013 04:09 PM

Yeah, like he's going to get a better contract anywhere else...

joshua7789 02-06-2013 04:12 PM

Much easier competition and the ability to fight elsewhere and do the wrestling thing, i guess.

evilappendix 02-06-2013 04:23 PM

He probably has deals in Japan for action figures or a video game of some sort. We all know the UFC wants to own your face/soul once you sign with them. Too bad, since the HW division could use a scrappy grappler with personality like Josh to add a little more variety.

Pound&Mound 02-06-2013 04:28 PM

a fight with Overoid would've been fun. Battle of the Roiders

Curly 02-06-2013 04:30 PM

Barnet and his team are historically hard to deal with in these situations, its always been that way. They think their value is higher than it really is. The good news is we are not missing anything by not getting him.

SideWays222 02-06-2013 04:58 PM

Stupid move by him. Might have been his last chance to make it big time.

Dana isnt a fan of his to begin with. And we all know that he can be a petty man.

jonnyg4508 02-06-2013 05:04 PM

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I think he would be a great addition and this news sucks. He is a legit top 5-8 HW.

Would love to see him vs. Mir, Roy, Werdum, Reem, maybe Nog again.

HellRazor 02-06-2013 05:10 PM

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

Random unannounced drug tests, anyone?

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