Heavyweight Josh Barnett inks new multi-fight UFC contract

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

11 years after testing positive for roids in his HW championship winning bout at UFC 36, Josh Barnett returns to the UFC ranks with a multi-fight deal.

Heavyweight Josh Barnett has been a man without a home since the fall of Strikeforce. He picked up his last win in the promotion's final event against unkown big man Nandor Guelmino. Following that fight and the transfer of much of Strikeforce's roster to the UFC, there's been a lot of speculation about where he'd fight next. After early negotiations with the UFC went awry, no news had developed regarding where Barnett would fight next.

However, MMA Junkie broke the news Tuesday night that Barnett had re-signed with UFC in a multi-fight deal:

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with promotion officials that former UFC heavyweight champion Barnett has signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to make his return to the octagon later this year. An official announcement is expected soon.

Barnett last fought for the UFC at UFC 36 where he defeated Randy Couture to win the Heavyweight title. Unfortunately for him, "The Warmaster" popped for PEDs in his post-fight drug test following the fight. He was stripped of his title and continued his fighting career in Japan before signing with Strikeforce. Josh does not have an opponent set yet, nor an expected return date, but if I have my way he'll be fighting former champ Frank Mir in his UFC re-debut.

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