Josh Barnett has recently expressed the want to sign with the UFC and finish his long storied career where he started it. These are 5 fights for "The war-master" to cement his legacy with.
5. Roy Nelson
Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson could go of two ways, an instant slugfest on the feet or a spirited ground exchange. Now "Big Country" as of late hasn't shown his ground skills but none the less their there, this combined with his striking credentials and we could have a great fight between the two veterans of the sport.
Browne is one of the hottest prospects in the heavyweight division with the only bump on his record coming from the No.1 contender Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva with him losing after tearing his hamstring in the first round. A win over Browne for "The war-master" would be a great first fight back in the UFC. For Browne it would do wonders for his career with a win over a highly regarded veteran in Barnett.
3. Loser of Werdum vs. Nogueira
Barnett with 19 submission wins in his career is no slouch on the ground and neither is Fabrico Werdum. A fight between these two would be won an exciting exchange on the ground which is something we're not used to seeing in the heavyweight division. A fight between Nogueira and barnett would be an end to a trilogy that started in Pride and a fitting one at that. With each man taking a win in their past 2 battles a third in the ufc would be a perfect end.
Coming off a loss to Antonio Silva, Overeem will be looking for a good bounce back fight later this year. With Barnett looking to sign with the UFC the timing couldn't be more perfect. A match between these two would be the perfect striker vs. grappler.
1. Frank Mir
This is a match up we could have already seen, if Barnett wasn't stripped of the title in '02 these two could have fought with a belt potentially on the line. But better late than never, both known for their skills on the mat this fight would certainly end before the final bell.