Josh Barnett to fight Stipe Miocic after Werdum quits?

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Josh Barnett is scheduled to fight Ben Rothwell at UFC on Fox 18 this coming Saturday in Newark, New Jersey. But as news reports came in that Fabricio Werdum also followed Cain Velasquez’s footsteps and pulled out of UFC 196, Barnett has now expressed his interest in fighting in the said event.

MMA Fighting reports that Josh Barnett is ready to fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 if the UFC wants him. Barnett revealed that he “will absolutely take the fight” if UFC pages him.

Insisting that he is the right man for the heavyweight championship, Barnett apparently will take care of business and “give them what they want” and “what they need”. Barnett has also called himself a healthy, motivated championship fighter.

Barnett was once a heavyweight champion back in 2002 and probably this is why he is showing interest in the fight.

According to Barnett, people and UFC need a title fight and not an “interim title” especially on the Super Bowl weekend. Championship level fights is what interests people claims Barnett.

“It’s set up for a title match. Let’s keep it going. That’s what they need on Super Bowl weekend. They need a title fight. They need a heavyweight title fight,” Barnett said.

“The Warmaster” as he is popularly called also revealed that his manager, Leland Lebarre will try to chalk out a potential deal.

Stating that the UFC 196 fight is an “opportunity” that he can’t allow to pass by, Barnett revealed that he is “ready” for the fight.

“I’m ready,” Barnett said. “I’m willing. I’m capable. I’ll fight Stipe. I’ll go five rounds for a heavyweight title right now. We’re good.

With Werdum and Cain out, Werdum wants to dance with Stipe since he has no partner and infact give him a tough fight.

“When we’re all beat up and bruised and battered. When we’re vulnerable. That’s the time to go cheek to cheek on the dance floor,” Barnett said.

Photo Courtesy: MMA Fighting

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