It appears former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett will make his highly anticipated MMA return against Siala-Mou “Mighty Mo” Siligia at Dream.13 on March 22nd.
SI.com’s Josh Gross Tweeted Thursday afternoon that the heavyweight scrap was “probably” going to go down inside the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.
Barnett hasn’t been seen in a mixed martial arts bout since knocking out Pedro Rizzo at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” in July of 2008 – although he has since appeared in at least one wacky pro-wrestling event in Japan.
The controversial slugger single-handedly took down Affliction Entertainment’s humble mixed martial arts promotion last July when he failed a drug test just one week before his highly-anticipated showdown with Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction: Trilogy.”
“The Baby Faced Assassin” holds an impressive 24-5 pro record and was considered one of the planet’s best heavies before his latest fiasco, however God only knows how many of his wins are tainted with steroid juice as it wasn’t the first time Barnett tested positive.
Mighty Mo, who holds a 3-1-1 professional mark, hasn’t fought in over a year. He was submitted by Semmy Schilt in the 1stRound at “Dynamite!! Power of Courage” in December 2008.
It is believed HDNet will broadcast the show live in North America, however no official announcement has been made.
Here are the fighters slated/rumored for the event:
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Ryo Chonan vs. Andrews Nakahara
K.J. Noons vs. Andre Dida
Josh Barnett vs. Siala-Mou “Mighty Mo” Siligia
Joachim Hansen vs. Bibiano Fernandes (Dream Featherweight Champion)