Josh Barnett talked with MMAJunkie.com about going over to the UFC.
“I want to win the Strikeforce heavyweight title. That’s what I came out here to do, and the way I see things, that’s the logical conclusion to all this, and create a good example with it. Carry the belt high, and take on all challengers…Eventually, if the opportunity comes to fight in the UFC against Cain [Velasquez] or whoever the champion may be at the time, that would be an amazing opportunity, as well. But the thing is, you go chasing after these things, or you need this to validate what you’re doing, chances are you’re going to make it that much harder for you to get a hold of it. I don’t need to go out and face them. I’m going to make it where they’re going to have to come out and face me. That’s the way I’m going to do it.”
He’s not trying to rock the boat just yet. He seems to have squashed all the animosity with Dana White and the UFC, and if he plays his cards right, and WHEN the UFC folds Strikeforce, he could possibly make the jump with good behavior. And besides, he hasn’t done anything to warrant a jump to the UFC just yet.
Dana White explains to Ariel Helwani that the UFC didn’t want to remove Rich Franklin from UFC 133. “Well it wasn’t that we decided to take him off the card. We were looking at other opponents and you know, we had another opponent for Rich, but Rich didn’t want to take that fight. He said ‘you know what man, I’m at a stage of my career where I only wanna fight the top of the heap, fight the top name guys.’ I don’t blame him. We’re looking to make a new fight and we have people available and an opponent there, you know, I expect that you should take that opponent but I don’t disagree with Rich’s position on it.” The UFC offered Franklin a fight with Alexander Gustafsson, so I don’t blame him. Gustafsson is a pretty good fighter, but beating him would do nothing for Franklin in terms of getting one last title shot. Should he lose, it would nearly cost him everything.
U.K. MMA promotion BAMMA announced that they have acquired the services of former UFC fighter, Nate “The Great” Marquardt, on their website. No date or opponent were announced for Marquardt’s debut fight, nor was which division he would be competing in. Smart move by Marquardt. No one in BAMMA should be able to really challenge him. He’ll pick up some wins, and hope that Dana White changes his mind about the lifetime ban.
John Hathaway announced on his Twitter page that he will be taking on undefeated German welterweight Pascal Krauss this November at UFC 138 in England. This is an excellent fight for the English fans, and it should be a close one. Krauss looks like he has it in him to eventually climb to the top of the welterweight ladder.
After netting decision victories this past Saturday at Bellator 47, Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro will now meet on August 20 in the main event of Bellator 48, with a future Bellator featherweight title shot hanging in the balance. Bellator 47 was a fantastic card and both of these guys netted easy victories. This fight should be high paced and exciting and I can’t wait to see it.