Josh Barnett Talks About His Return To The UFC
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.29.2013
Back in the title hunt eleven years later...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Josh Barnett (32-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) spoke about being back in the heavyweight title hunt after leaving the UFC eleven years ago. He previously won the belt in 2002 by defeating Randy Couture. He was stripped of the title after testing positive for three steroids. He returns at UFC 164 on Saturday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee against Frank Mir (16-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC).
On his big return: "It's another guy signing on the dotted line, giving me the opportunity to go out there and wreck his face. I'm going back to the UFC. The back story behind the relationship between myself and the UFC, it all makes for a pretty monumental story."
On his plan to finish: "Even if it was a grappling match, I would not intend for it to go 15 minutes. If it goes for 15 minutes, I didn't do my job."
On facing Mir: "He's been ranked above me. I would argue that I've had a lot more accomplishments. It does gnaw at you. People asked for the matchup based on the expectation of what a fight between us would entail. I just want to get out there and put my hands on him and see how it goes."