Josh Barnett's Manager Says Fighter Not Defending King Of Pancrase Title In 2013

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Biggavelli
10/26/12 12:59:05PM
Leland LaBarre, the manager for Josh Barnett, denied a report that Barnett would defend his King of Pancrase title in 2013. A report circulated on Thursday that Barnett had told the promotion he would fight for them next year.

It's not true," said LaBarre, in an interview with Sherdog.com. "I guess (Pancrase) talked to Josh while (Josh) was (in Japan), and they said they would love to have him back, but there was nothing (to it)."

LaBarre said that Barnett is focused on his next Strikeforce bout and that he is "totally back" from suffering a broken hand in a loss to Daniel Cormier.

Barnett won the Pancrase open weight title in 2003. It is unknown if "The Warmaster" will follow other Strikeforce heavyweights into the UFC, but his manager seems to think so.

"If Zuffa wants Josh Barnett to fight in their UFC Octagon after Josh's last Strikeforce fight," LaBarre said, "I think that is where he'll be."

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Biggavelli
10/26/12 1:05:46PM
Weak, they need to just bring him back over to the UFC!
tcunningham
10/26/12 1:33:37PM

Posted by Biggavelli

Weak, they need to just bring him back over to the UFC!



i agree, but who knows how dana feels about josh. he always came across as not liking josh due to maybe a bad history between the two and of course joshes drug test history. i think they should give him a second chance (or 3rd, whatever it is) because i think theres some good fights for josh in the ufc.
george112
10/26/12 1:48:00PM
I think he needs to come back. Only to prove he belongs in the top 10.


His current ranking now imo is a little over exaggerated. However this could just be due to how shallow the division is
BillsNewAccount
10/26/12 2:27:18PM
Agreed. He needs to go to the UFC so all can die by his hands.

Off subject but I still can't believe how easily Cormier body slammed him. I'm really disappointed JJ refused to coach TUF with him. I think Cormier could beat JJ or if nothing else be the first to put him on his back.
sparky
10/26/12 5:32:19PM

Posted by Biggavelli

Weak, they need to just bring him back over to the UFC!



I hope the UFC leaves him out to dry never been a big fan of Barnett although I will give him the props he deserves he is clearly a top notch heavy weight I just dont care for him much. Even in the Pride days I watched hoping he would get knocked out cold.
prophecy033
10/26/12 5:38:39PM
If you're not gonna defend it then you're not the king of shit. Give it back and be done with it
sparky
10/26/12 5:46:26PM

Posted by prophecy033

If you're not gonna defend it then you're not the king of shit. Give it back and be done with it



BillsNewAccount
10/26/12 6:18:58PM
If Barnett is not king then why does he sit on a thrown with skulls littered around him clutching a war hammer?

FYI-Skulls are the currency of victory.