"I expected the best out of him (Cormier). In fact, I think, I was one of the people that saw his abilities entirely and knew exactly how good he was versus the rest of the populous, press included. I think most people did not give him the credit he was due and deserved. I still think they don't understand how good he really is. I say, besides myself, he's the only other person that can just walk right into the UFC and win the title. I think it's pretty likely. I think it's a good fit for a person like me. I mean, unless you don't want me to go in there and beat all those dudes up and completely throw your rankings out of whack and change the whole perception of who the best heavyweights in the world are. If you don't want that, then definitely don't bring me over. But, if you just want to have the biggest and best collection of heavyweights in the world, then, you gotta have me there. I want to go where the opportunity is best. I like the idea of that full roster over their being at my disposal to dispose of." - Josh Barnett via MMAFighting
Top ranked Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett gives his thoughts on how he and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier would stack up against the UFC heavyweights. The two are among the last heavyweights still employed by the Strikeforce organization which will officially close its doors following their upcoming event in January.
And while Cormier will definitely be moving over to the UFC, it's uncertain whether or not Barnett will follow him. It all depends on if UFC management is willing to let Barnett back into the organization after all the bad blood between the two sides.
Barnett (31-6) was stripped of his UFC heavyweight title back in 2002 after testing positive for performance enhancers. Since then, Barnett has tested positive for performance enhancers outside the UFC as well, and has been called an "organization killer" by UFC president Dana White.
White blames Barnett for ending the Affliction organization after his positive drug test canceled a much anticipated blockbuster bout between himself, and long time friend Fedor Emelianenko.
Nonetheless, Barnett has not tested positive since 2009, and has competed several times under the Strikeforce banner.
Recently, Barnett lost to Cormier in the Strikeforce Grand Prix finals in a one-sided five round battle.