Following his easy win over Nandor Guelmino, Josh Barnett tells Ariel Helwani, "I serve no master."
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Josh Barnett made short work of Nandor Guelmino in his final Strikeforce bout at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine in Oklahoma City last night. Following the bout he did an entertaining in-cage interview with Pat Miletich in which he made it clear that he has struck no deals with the UFC and that his future is an open question.
In a follow up interview with Ariel Helwani, Barnett elaborated on those comments:
"I want to fight though and the UFC has a fantastic lineup of people that I could go out there and compete against and it has a huge market share. It has all the market share, I'm being honest. I'm not here to kowtow to anybody. I don't serve anyone. I serve no master. I'm sure the best-case scenario can be made to happen. It's just up to whoever wants to pay my price."
Barnett may be wanting more money than the UFC cares to pay for a fighter who's unlikely to win another title but would be a formidable gatekeeper in the HW division. There is also a defensive element to re-signing Barnett that should be considered, namely that his pro-wrestling experience makes him a uniquely intriguing fighter to Spike TV where he could follow Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal's lead and do pro-wrestling on TNA and fight MMA for Bellator.