It looks like Bellator and Viacom have struck again in the war with Zuffa, but this win comes inadvertently. Josh Barnett was unwilling to sign with the UFC because the promotion was unwilling to give him something that Zuffa had offered in the Eddie Alvarez contract.
“I was excited to fight Junior. I thought he was a favorable match up for me, but Zuffa was unwilling to give me something that they gave Eddie Alvarez. No disrespect to Eddie, but I felt it was fair to give it to me as well.”
Bellator inadvertently caused this because they took Alvarez to court after they could not come to terms with a new contract and didn’t want to let him go to the UFC. When they took Alvarez to court, the details of his contract came out, and that is why Barnett knows what the terms of his contract were. Without that knowledge, he would not have expected the same stipulations in his own contract, and most likely would have signed with the UFC. No one knows besides Barnett if it was the $250,000 signing bonus, the pay-per-view bonus, the straight pay he would have received, or something else that Alvarez was offered and he was not.
In the end, Barnett does feel bad about not signing with the UFC, because he knows the fans wanted him in the Octagon. He would have been on the fast track to the title if he would have beaten Junior dos Santos in his debut as well. Barnett’s career looks to be going in a different path instead .
“Although things seem to be working out well for me, I feel bad for the fans. They wanted me to fight certain guys in the UFC and I really wanted to give them those fights. Once we get the deal we are working on done, the fight the fans scream for will be lost forever.”