Josh Barnett Agrees to Defend King of Pancrase Title Next Year

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FastKnockout
10/25/12 1:43:12PM
Top 10 heavyweight Josh Barnett will return to Pancrase next year to defend his openweight King of Pancrase title.

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jae_1833
10/25/12 2:54:03PM
I am thinking the SF doesn't ham him pinned for a fight on their next card and the UFC isn't breaking down his door to get him to jump ship either. (Sucks but I get it after 3 failed drug tests.)
airkerma
10/25/12 3:14:35PM

Posted by jae_1833

I am thinking the SF doesn't ham him pinned for a fight on their next card and the UFC isn't breaking down his door to get him to jump ship either. (Sucks but I get it after 3 failed drug tests.)



The UFC should be trying to sign him for his talent, but may not due to his past.
fullerene
10/25/12 3:37:26PM
My first thought reading the thread title was was this bumped from 10 years ago. Has Barnett even fought for Pancrase since 2003? How does he have a title to defend?


He's burned bridges with the UFC and probably with American MMA promoters in general. At 34 years old and coming off of a loss I don't see Dana White making an exception to take him back.
george112
10/25/12 3:44:26PM

Posted by fullerene

My first thought reading the thread title was was this bumped from 10 years ago. Has Barnett even fought for Pancrase since 2003? How does he have a title to defend?


He's burned bridges with the UFC and probably with American MMA promoters in general. At 34 years old and coming off of a loss I don't see Dana White making an exception to take him back.



This
Goatenstein
10/25/12 4:24:07PM
I remember the Kondo fight. What a size mismatch that was. It was sad seeing Kondo waste his prime fighting guys so much larger than him.
shaneTpain
10/25/12 6:17:15PM
With the heavyweight roster being as weak as it is UFC should be begging for Barnett back. Why hold a grudge Dana?
jae_1833
10/25/12 7:45:18PM
HW is a double edged sword right now. Compared to MW, WW, LW it is a wek division, however it is still the strongest its ever been in the UFC. Barnett would be a great addition obviously, and I get it one way or another with Zuffa's decision. I'd love to see him fight Overeem, Struve, Cain, hell even Nelson.....but setting the precedence that his actions will not be tolerated in their organization is totally understandable.