UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett has seen better days in his career in mixed martial arts having won many battles in different MMA organizations. Rumors are swirling that Barnett is ready for a title shot and want to fight the winner of the Alistair Overeem-Stipe Miocic bout at UFC 203 this weekend.
At age 38, Barnett is still fit for a fight inside the Octagon and just like an age-old wine, he keeps getting better in every fight. Barnett showed his improvement after beating Andrei Arlovski via submission at UFC Fight Night held in Hamburg, Germany.
Sporting a 3-2 record in his comeback to the UFC, Barnett feels that his experience has made him tough and ready for a title shot. He tells MMAFighting that he is ready to fight anybody and it would be a plus if a title was on the line, which will motivate him enough before he considers retirement.
“I’m ready to fight anybody with any belt anywhere in the world. It could be a title fight anywhere,” Barnett said.
And if there is a fight that would likely push Barnett is to see who wins between the heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic against Alistair Overeem. Though it is still a long shot for Barnett to get a call from Dana White, he still hopes for a chance at the title. He adds that it is anything else but for pride.
“I don’t think in those modalities,” Barnett added. “I think of just being able to do my best at any given moment, completely living in that immediate now. At this point, guys like me and Andre, we’ve already won belts.”
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Holding a 35-8 MMA record, Barnett feels a title shot in the UFC has been a long overdue and he needs to be in shape if he receives that call. Barnett reiterates that he does not mind who he fights, his mindset is all about winning and to reach a milestone of 40 wins before he calls it quits.
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