The courtship didn’t last long after Josh Barnett completed his Strikeforce contract last month. UFC President Dana White indicated on multiple occasions that the promotion was interested in signing Barnett, but just that a deal needed to be worked out. However, Ariel Helwani reports that Josh Barnett has declined the latest offer from the UFC and will not sign with the promotion
UFC President Dana White met with the media after the UFC 158 press conference that was held in Montreal earlier today. He touch on a variety of topics regarding the UFC 158 card itself. Also, he touched on potential fights between training partners Rory MacDonald and Georges St-Pierre, Rampage Jackson, Ronda Rousey’s Sandy Hook Tweet, Eddie Alvarez’s contract situation, and the possibility of Josh Barnett coming to the UFC.
Following Strikeforce’s final event Saturday night in Oklahoma City, Showtime spoke with the night’s main card victors, including Tarec Saffiedine who won the welterweight title, Daniel Cormier who stopped Dion Staring, “Jacare” Souza who submitted UFC’s Ed Herman, Josh Barnett who submitted Nandor Guelmino and Gegard Mousasi who submitted Mike Kyle.