Josh Barnett showed once again that he can take a licking and keep on ticking after surviving Andrei Arlovski's striking onslaught last night (Sat., Sept. 3, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 93 in hamburg, Germany, before pulling off a third-round rear-naked choke win.
The win put "The Warmster" back in the win column after suffering a submission loss himself to Ben Rothwell in his previous outing. So what's next for the longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran?
How about a fight against Junior dos Santos, who is gearing up to resume MMA training following a shoulder surgery. Sure, "JDS" wants a title shot after he got back into the win column, but that option is highly-unlikely. In fact, Barnett himself pleaded his case for any 265-pound fighter gettign a crack at the belt.
Plus, he revealed during the post-fight presser (video replay here) that he would gladly "slide into" UFC 203 if Stipe Miocic or Alistair Overeem have to bow out before next week's (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) Heavyweight title fight in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hopefully, his service won't be needed, as losing one half of the headlining act one week away would simply be disappointing; but it's good to know we have options.
That said, I'm sticking with a potential JDS" vs "Warmaster" heavyweight tilt. Come Monday morning, as Barnett and dos Santos shouldn't be too far apart on the official rankings.
And as we saw last night, Josh is not afraid to stand-and-bang with the best of them, willing to absorb some blows to get his in. And the Brazilian bomber's specialty is striking, this could be a fun fight. Taking out a longtime veteran and former champion like Barnett could be Junior's one-way ticket to yet another championship fight.
And it could do the same for "The Warmaster" should he earn himself another highlight real against another former title holder.
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