Bellator indicators heavyweight veteran Josh Barnett

Josh Barnett has a brand new place to name dwelling.

The previous UFC heavyweight champion inked a contact with Bellator, firm president Scott Coker and “The Warmaster” introduced on Monday. Barnett signed the contract on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present on Monday.

Bellator has but to announce a date and opponent for Barnett’s promotional debut.

Barnett (35-Eight) hasn’t fought below MMA guidelines since September of 2016, when he scored a third-round submission over Andrei Arlovski in the primary occasion of UFC Hamburg in Germany.

The US Anti-Doping Company (USADA) introduced later that yr that he had been flagged for a possible anti-doping failure. It took 16 months till an arbitrator “decided public reprimand was acceptable” as an alternative of a suspension, USADA introduced in March 2018.

Barnett has been lively outdoors of the MMA world since 2016, competing in grappling and pro-wrestling matches. A veteran within the sport, the previous UFC, Strikeforce, Pleasure, Affliction, Dream and Sengoku fighter holds wins over present Bellator heavyweights Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Sergei Kharitonov.

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