Barnett is being a hypocrite, no doubt about it, because his claim to the belt isn't any more legitimate than anyone who won it after he was stripped. He cheated, plain and simple.
But in terms of what he brings to a fight, he's right up there with the very best. It's too bad Pride's crack-smoking bookers burned off Barnett vs. Nog II before Josh had his shot at Fedor. Oh well. The fact remains that Barnett is one of the best heavyweights in the world and deserves to be treated as such by UFC. If Stephan Bonnar can be forgiven, then Barnett can.