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Josh Barnett is back in the big leagues

Josh Barnett, officially MMA’s most steroidy fighter, has just been signed by Strikeforce. How you feel about this probably hinges on how big of a deal you think three flunked piss test are, or how suspicious you are of all his rise to the top in Japan where no one cares what you stick where, when, or how much of it you do.

Personally, I’m torn. On one hand this is just another sign that for all the hand wringing, we don’t reeeaaally care about steroids … not when the chips are down and it’s a choice between some magical high road and seeing Josh Barnett compete against worthwhile competition again.

On the other hand, Barnett is still one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world and it’s not like he spent most of his career looking like Mark Kerr or Shane Carwin. Barnett’s got some of the worst muffin top / moob action in the sport, and while you can’t downplay the advantage steroids give someone based on a little titty, you also can’t downplay Josh’s very legit catch wrestling skills which are literally second to none.

Anyways, regardless of if we like it or not, Josh will be making his debut at a Strikeforce event sooner or later. Which it will be really depends on what Scott Coker or whoever makes the decisions now has planned for him. Is Barnett being signed as a follow-up to the Fedor / Overeem / Werdum love triangle? Or is he a bone being thrown to Fedor’s camp to try and sweeten the idea of resigning with them?

And how much money is Josh going to be making? In the heady Affliction salad days he was making a half mil per fight … James Toney money! Did Strikeforce decide to pony up some serious cash or does this return have more to do with Josh figuring out that his market value has taken a mighty kick to the nuts since that whole ‘Killing Affliction’ incident?

  • Reverend Clint

    Strikeforce is a goner… now they have Fedor and Barnett just like Pride and Affliction

  • Bling Crosby

    Fuck Barnett and fuck Strikeforce.

  • FiveBoltMain

    The death clock has officially begun.


    Never has a guy gotten so much credit for doing do little. Barnett is like Fedor in that he’s been coasting on his reputation, but at least Fedor was fighting UFC has-beens to justify his top 10 status.

  • Trol

    Only person I care to see Barnett fight is Fedor. We have been waiting for that one for a long time. Problem is I don’t think the fight will be near as epic as it would have been if we got the fight back in Pride.

  • glassjawsh

    both of these guys last 6 fights are borderline laughable

    Fedor: Werdum, Rogers, Arlovski, Sylvlia, Hong Man-Choi, Lindland

    Barnett: Geronimo dos Santos, Mighty Mo, Yvel, Rizzo, Monson, Hidehiko Yoshida

    compare that to

    Brock Lesnar: Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, Randy Couture, Heath Herring, Frank Mir

    or Rashad Evans: Shogun, Rampage, Thiago Silva, Machida, Forrest Griffin, Chuck <—– I’d argue with anyone that this is probably the toughest 6 fight stretch anyone has fought in the HISTORY of MMA, but i digress point is, (if it happens) the barnet/fedor fight is going to be awesome but totally irrelevant

  • Reverend Clint

    glassjawsh please dont use logic around here… some people think your potential is more important than your last fight!

    well those people are retarded

  • Strike Witch

    what potential

    barnett cant even cheat right pro wrestling faggot

  • Tanhauser

    Steroidy is great.

    Glad he’s back and can get real fights now.

  • Reverend Clint

    josh must get the cheap off brand roids just going off how his body is compared the Ubereem

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    C’mon Clint, you honestly think Josh “I only work if you pay me a million times more than I earn” Barnett works as hard as Ubereem? He looks like he just likes to spar a lot.

    PS – I think Barnetto is the only guy I actually want to see fight Werdum outside the UFC.