Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett (L) and UFC President Dana White (R) have had a strained relationship in the past. If Barnett is able to win the Strikeforce grand prix and emerge as the champion, will the two be able to work out a deal to bring about his return to the UFC?
"The way that Showtime wants to do it is when that fight finally happens, whoever wins it, they wanna do another fight on Showtime, so that guy would probably come to the UFC. We'll see what happens, you know? Josh and I have been playing nice with each other for a little while, since he got into the UFC. It's more than just, 'Does he win? Does he do this?' You gotta be able to come to terms with the guy and be able to deal with him. If he wins the fight, I can't see why he wouldn't come here, unless we weren't able to make a deal with him."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White discussed the future of the organization's heavyweight division with HDNet's Ron Kruck. The point of emphasis revolved around the new faces that the UFC has imported from Strikeforce within the last few months. The only two heavyweights who are technically still on the Strikeforce roster are Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett, who will face each other in the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament at Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Cormier" in San Jose, Calif., on May 19, 2012. Presumably, both fighters would head over to the UFC when all is said and done, but Barnett's sketchy history with White and his promotion leaves some wondering if it's a sure thing that he will make the transition. Stranger things have certainly happened, and if we know one thing, it's that Dana White finds ways to forgive those who he can make a profit on. Money makes the world go, Maniacs.