Josh Barnett calls out Junior dos Santos on his path 'back to the title'

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Because all heavyweight roads (eventually) lead to "Cigano."

Want to get a crack at the 265-pound crown?

You're probably going to have to get through Junior dos Santos first, who is not only ranked number one in the division, but also a former titleholder himself, and still widely-considered the best heavyweight in the world not named Cain Velasquez.

Which is why Josh Barnett's manager told Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight that his client may as well eliminate the middle man.

Literally.

"To get a shot at title, you would have to go through Junior sooner or later. So let's get it done now. This is the path back to the title."

Barnett was oh-so-close to getting another shot at the title, one he wore over a decade ago.

Unfortunately, budding heavyweight contender Travis Browne put an abrupt halt to his two-fight win streak and sent him to the back of the line. But there's no better way to get right back into the "mix" than by toppling the still-recovering Dos Santos.

Something no one other than Velasquez has been able to do in six years and 12 fights under the UFC banner.

Good luck.

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