"Things have changed. This is major and great things can come from it and I just want to be a part of that, and the way I can best do that is be the best fighter I can be ... I’m not here to make this a personal vendetta or judgment with [Dana], especially in terms of business. I know what I’ve got to do and I know what his position is in terms of being the president of the UFC, and that he has excelled at. He’s done a great job. It makes a difference with everything ... If he hates me, he hates me; but if he sees the value in what I bring to the table as a fighter I think that will speak for itself. But you know what? I don’t hate Dana and I do business, and I’ll go out there and do the absolute best that I can do and if he happens to be my employer … literally, if Dana White has an office that I have to write into every day, because that’s the person I report to for my business, well that’s what I’ll do. There is a part of me that absolutely wishes that things between myself and the UFC had worked out differently. ... Dana likes to go out there and crush, kill, pillage, whatever; and let’s face it, that’s kind of my M.O. As much as I may have ever had difficulty with Dana at the end of the day there is a part of me that absolutely vibes with what he is does. Whether he wants to think about it or not, here and now, no bulls**t, Dana White is pretty f--king metal and I am a metal dude … we’ll at least have that sort of respect that can’t be overlooked."
Doh! Count Josh Barnett as one of many fighters who may find themselves easing off the anti-UFC rhetoric after news broke last Saturday that Strikeforce had been purchased by Zuffa. That's because the San Jose-based promotion, once a sanctuary for the Octagon's flotsam and jetsam, is now under the command of UFC President Dana White. The castaways stranded on the island of misfit toys may no longer have a place to call home that isn't somehow directly influenced by White -- unless you count Bjorn Rebney and his little engine that could named Bellator. But can Rebney afford some of the higher-profile talent that chooses to stay stateside? Or should fans expect a mass exodus to Japan? Sengoku is likely dead in the water and DREAM has a history of not paying fighters in a timely fashion. Is it time for the Barnett's and the Paul Daley's of the fight world to make amends? Murky waters, but let's hear your perspective. Josh Barnett back in the UFC? Or UF-Cya? Opinions please.