Josh Barnett (pictured) wants to reclaim his UFC heavyweight title and “The Warmaster” knows he has to go through former champ Junior dos Santos for that opportunity.
“I talked to his manager and he wants to fight Junior dos Santos next,” reporter Ariel Helwani said on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” “He wants to get back in the title picture and he has to go through him.”
Wait up, did Barnett’s manager essentially just label dos Santos as the heavyweight division’s gatekeeper? Well, after two straight lopsided losses to reigning champ Cain Velasquez, I guess I can see where he’s coming from.
Dos Santos is currently recovering from the hand injury that forced him out of last month’s shootout with Stipe Miocic. There’s currently no timetable set for his return.
“Cigano” hasn’t been seen since getting waxed by Velasquez in October’s trilogy.
Barnett, meanwhile, is also looking to bounce back from a loss. Travis Browne knocked Barnett out in December to snap his two-fight winning streak.