Josh Barnett is coming home.
We got some big news coming out of the UFC’s heavyweight division. Former UFC heavyweight champion, and always controversial fighter, Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett will be returning to the UFC Octagon.
USA Today was the first to report the announcement. The 35 year old made the decision Tuesday night.
Josh Barnett has been a top ten heavyweight for the majority of his career. He won the heavyweight title back at UFC 36, defeating Randy Couture by TKO 4:35 of round 2. He was forced to relinquish his title due to testing positive for steroids after his drug test came back.
He continued his career in Pride, having legendary bouts with Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
He later competed in Affliction and was supposed to main event the third installment against legendary heavyweight Fedor Emeliananko. Unfortunately three days before the event was taking place, they drug tested the fighters and Barnett tested positive yet again for steroids.
The entire event would be forced to cancel, due to not having enough time to find a replacement for Emeliananko.
Josh would then make his way to Strikeforce, competing in the heavyweight Grand Prix. He successfully made it to the finals, but was unable to win the entire event. He was defeated by heavyweight wrestling standout Daniel Cormier by decision.
He’s still one of the most popular and polarizing heavyweights in the entire world. As long as Barnett can stay healthy and clean, there are plenty of viable opponents for him in the UFC.
‘Which heavyweight would make for a good opponent for Barnett?’ is an easy question to answer. Roy Nelson, Alistair Overeem, or Junior Dos Santos would all be great opponents for the man known as the The Warmaster.