Josh Barnett, 'mma slut' or prodigal son? The Ronin returns to the UFC

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Josh Barnett spoke to Bas Rutten of Inside MMA about his long strange trip since leaving the UFC and his imminent return to MMA's biggest stage.

At UFC 36, Josh Barnett beat Randy Couture to win the UFC Heavyweight title on March 22, 2002 at age 24 becoming the youngest UFC Heavyweight champion in history. Unfortunately he failed the post-fight drug test for steroids and lost his belt and left the promotion.

Since then he's competed for a variety of MMA promotions including Strikeforce, Pride FC, Sengoku, Affliction, K-1 and Pancrase.

He recently re-signed with the UFC and is set to face Frank Mir at UFC 164. He lost his last MMA bout to Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce.

On his peripatetic path since leaving the UFC in 2002 and his return:

"What can I say? I'm a little bit of a MMA slut. I think with today's MMA landscape, the things I've been up to, the way the UFC is going to try and build the heavyweight division to epic status...it just sorta fit."

On Frank Mir:

"I don't think we're really gonna have an imitator for Frank Mir," said Barnett of his camp. "I just think that with that giant back-piece tattoo it would be hard to try and find somebody to fill in."


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