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Possible “Outlying Issues” That Led Josh Barnett to Decline a UFC Contract

CagePotato done seen the future.

According to Barnett’s manager Leland LaBarre, Barnett has officially declined the promotion’s latest contract offer.

We agreed on guaranteed compensation,” LaBarre said. “In fact, we never even countered. We accepted their original offer.

“However, there are some outlying issues — one in particular — that as of this point we were unable to agree on.”

As sad as I am that Zuffa didn’t try to stick Josh with a “whatever Bellator offers + a buck” offer, this raises all new questions about Josh’s motives for turning down the deal.  There are barely ANY heavyweights that aren’t in the Evil Empire’s grasp anymore.  And how often do you hear about MMA contracts not being signed when money isn’t the problem?  Let’s run through a few possibilities.

  • Refusal to remove green and brown M&M’s from backstage green room
  • Fears a Geronimo dos Santos rematch
  • Took out a restraining order against Daniel Cormier after their bout
  • Believes that the right kind of shit talk will draw Cole Konrad away from futures trading
  • Zuffa’s ongoing and indefensible ban on cool metal shit during walk ins
  • Fears a Nandor Guelmino rematch
  • Knows that Joe Rogan will put up more of a fight during his insipid post-fight nonsense

Or it has something to do with the fact that Josh Barnett has been caught by the NSAC and CSAC (which aren’t the most widely respected regulatory bodies on the planet) a combined three times for using performance enhancing steroids.  It’s really anybody’s guess.  Eager to hear your suggestions (and the gnashing of your teeth/lamentations of your women).

h/t MMAFighting

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    His man specifically said “guaranteed compensation” so that suggests PPV points or ad rev. Could also be puro, but I think it’s the former.

  • subo

    Lol at the idea of Barnett demanding PPV points.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Well, I’m of the belief that anyone who mains should get them, no matter what. If they’re worth feeding to the champ they’re worth feeding a piece of the pie.

    That said, I’m so obnoxiously anti-PED that’ I’d probably laugh dead in his face were I conducting negotiations.

  • Nachtfalter

    How would being a proven (and unapologetic) cheater lead to Barnett refusing a UFC contract? If anything, that’d be a reason for the UFC not to offer a contract.

    I would assume that Barnett made a play for some sort of retarded exemption from UFC policy (and common sense) that would allow him to pro wrestle. He seems fond of that kind of thing.

  • subo

    The “outlying” issue is unspecified, and I’d test Barnett every time he woke up before I signed him for a bout.

  • Nachtfalter

    Sure. Stringent daily drug testing totally sounds like a practice that would be required by a company that is actively encouraging it’s employees to seek legalized doping.

  • frickshun

    I don’t know why they’re so keen on signing him. Yes, the division has little depth & that will probably always be the case (see boxing) but Barnett is never going to be a big pump in PPV buys. Plus, he’s getting older & will only get worse. Plus, his average striking & high level grappling cannot deal w/the new crop of fighters that have above average striking & enough defensive jitz not to get subbed.