If Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett is able to defeat Daniel Cormier in his next fight, his return to the UFC would seem to be the next logical step.
"He could be number one. It's very possible. Barnett, not having him in the UFC is a huge disservice to MMA fans. He was great back then (in his first stint with the UFC). He beat Randy (Couture), back in the day. He's just very seasoned. One of the most seasoned guys in the heavyweight division. When you look at quality of opponents, there's really no one that's fought the type of guys that he's fought, that's at the top right now. You know, there's very talented guys, like dos Santos and Overeem, but when it comes to fighting the best MMA fighters and fighting the best heavyweight guys in the world, Josh, he's right up there with everyone, with all the elites. So, I think it's imperative that get in the UFC. I hope him and Dana become buddies. They just need one night of drinking together."
-- That's what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan had to say during an appearance on HDNet's "Inside MMA" this evening (April 9, 2012). According to Rogan, Barnett -- who fights next versus Daniel Cormier for the Strikeforce heavyweight gran prix championship at Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Cormier" in San Jose, Calif., on May 19, 2012 -- should be considered one of the top five heavyweights in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). If he were to defeat Cormier, it seems as though his return to the Octagon would be a no-brainer. That's assuming "The Warmaster" is able to play nice with UFC President Dana White. As we've seen recently with the Alistair Overeem fiasco, it certainly never hurts to have a surplus of talented heavyweights in the UFC.