Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White still isn't quite sure what will be of Josh Barnett once Strikeforce closes up later tonight (Jan. 12, 2013), but "The Warmaster" definitely has his eye on a spot on the promotion's roster ... again.
Barnett will look to make his case for a return to the Octagon as he takes on Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Despite losing his last time out against Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Barnett remains a force to be reckoned with in the division, winning seven of his last eight bouts dating back to his days competing for the now defunct Affliction organization.
According to the former Pride FC standout, if given the chance, he thinks it would be a lot of "fun" to "wreck shop" all over the big men inside the Octagon all while testing the theory if indeed they are the bet big men in the world.
His words to Strikeforce:
"I think it would be fantastic. It would be a great place to fight and put myself up against these heavyweights, some of which are considered to be the best in the world. I would like to test that theory out because I don't think some of the praise that is put on these guys is not just inherited by the organization that they fight in. For me to go over there and wreck shop and rampage all over these guys would be a lot of fun for me personally and professionally. But that's not something that's entirely in my ability to make happen, so we'll see how things turn out. We'll see if the UFC wants the services of a mercenary like myself."
Of course, should he somehow lose to Nandor in Oklahoma, his chances of getting an invite back to the UFC will pretty much disappear. Barnett, therefore, is determined not to let that happen and looks to "take out" "Hun" in the only way he knows how:
"If you don't know anything about me, I'm going for the finish. I'm going to take this guy out. When I smell my blood, I tear open the wounds and dive right in to make my kill."
Does a victory over the relatively unknown Guelmino warrant an invite back to the promotion?