Josh Barnett is taking his abilities over to Bellator MMA.
The previous Final Combating Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion actually inked a cope with the Viacom-owned promotion on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present earlier right this moment (Mon., April 1, 2019), confirming that his most up-to-date six-year run contained in the Octagon has certainly come to an finish.
And no, it’s not an April Idiot’s joke:
Barnett was final seen defeating Andrei Arlovski at UFC Combat Evening 93 in September of 2016. Three months later, he was notified of a possible United States Anti Doping Company (USADA) violation.
After sitting on the sidelines for 2 years because of the failed drug take a look at, it was finally revealed that the constructive findings had been the results of a contaminated substance, which prompted “The Warmaster” to unleash hell on USADA and its course of.
Quickly thereafter, Barnett requested his launch from UFC on account of his mistrust in USADA and revealed plans to sue the corporate behind the contaminated substance.
With Barnett already having an excellent working relationship with Scott Coker on account of their time collectively underneath the now-defunct Strikeforce banner, the pairing looks like an ideal match. Apparently sufficient, Bellator only recently concluded its Heavyweight Grand Prix, which noticed Ryan Bader win all of it by knocking out Fedor Emelianenko within the very first spherical (relive it once more right here).
With Bellator’s willpower to bolster up its 265-pound division, Josh could have loads of challenges ready for him. So far as his promotional debut, Barnett hinted at the potential for June 22 in London.
Any solutions as to who ought to welcome him in?
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