The Title Guy
https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/4/1/18291090/bellator-signs-heavyweight-veteran-josh-barnett-mmaJosh Barnett has a new place to call home.
The former UFC heavyweight champion inked a contact with Bellator, company president Scott Coker and “The Warmaster” announced on Monday. Barnett signed the contract on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show on Monday.
"As man fights man
In the epic struggle for survival
The Warmaster shall reign
With oppression fed by a burning hate"
Here I come @BellatorMMA
Welcome to @BellatorMMA, @JoshLBarnett.
(Not an April Fools joke)
1:03 PM - Apr 1, 2019
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Bellator has yet to announce a date and opponent for Barnett’s promotional debut.
Barnett (35-8) hasn’t fought under MMA rules since September of 2016, when he scored a third-round submission over Andrei Arlovski in the main event of UFC Hamburg in Germany.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced later that year that he had been flagged for a potential anti-doping failure. It took 16 months until an arbitrator “determined that a public reprimand was appropriate” instead of a suspension, USADA announced in March 2018.
Barnett has been active outside of the MMA world since 2016, competing in grappling and pro-wrestling matches. A veteran in the game, the former UFC, Strikeforce, Pride, Affliction, Dream and Sengoku fighter holds wins over current Bellator heavyweights Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Sergei Kharitonov.