White reveals Barnett vs. JDS was targeted, if he joined UFC
Shortly after the official announcement of UFC 160, featuring champ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva II and Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem, it was revealed that the match-ups were not the original plans. Following UFC on Fuel 7 in London, White spoke with the press on the heavyweight division standings. Of those details, White reveals that former champ Josh Barnett was planned to be put in a contender fight with Junior dos Santos. Unfortunately negotiations between the UFC and Barnett did not go well on first attempts.
“I’m sure Josh Barnett wouldn’t care (who he fought),” White said to Damon Martin. ”Josh Barnett is a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy, he does his own thing, beats to his own f—king drum. Josh Barnett’s never been a guy to say I don’t want to fight this guy or I won’t fight that guy. He’s not that type of person.” – Via BleacherReport.com
Negotiations have not stopped however as Barnett’s management has stated that they are still considering all options. With pictures of the “War Master” still on the UFC.com site, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the top 10 heavyweight still make the transition.