It’s been a long and storied decade since Josh Barnett was last in the Octagon. Hell, some people may forget he was in the Octagon at all, let alone a champion. But now he’s back in the UFC, after a legendary run in Pride, and less than legendary runs in Dream and Strikeforce, but that’s fine. Barnett’s history is only as tarnished as he wants it to be, and he can provide a clean slate and new chapter for himself in the UFC if he beats up Frank Mir this Saturday.
It was a decade ago Josh was unceremoniously ousted from the UFC for popping for steroids, something he’s denied the guilt of for years, but now he’s back against the TRT monster Mir, and seemingly ready to go defend his belt. Wait, huh?
“When I walk in the ring, in my mind, I’m making my first title defense. That’s the way I see it,”
“We’ve always been in different places, even when he was fighting for titles. No one ever took my belt from me, so I don’t know what belt they were swinging around, but that wasn’t the UFC he