Barnett Signs With Bellator

Josh Barnett is no-longer a warmaster without a battlefield, as the former UFC heavyweight champion has signed with Bellator MMA.

Barnett, who was released from the UFC in 2018, has spent most of the past two-years working in pro wrestling as a commentator for New Japan Pro Wrestling, signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator during Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday.


Barnett’s last fight under MMA rules was in September of 2016, when he defeated Andrei Arlovski in the main event of UFC Fight Night Hamburg.

USADA announced later in 2016 that Barnett had a potential anti-doping failure, which Barnett would fight for 16 months, until an arbitrator would determine that a “public reprimand” and not a suspension was in-order for Barnett.

Barnett has spent a lot of time working on competitive grappling events on-top of his work in pro wrestling. Barnett’s pro wrestling schedule will see him compete this week, as he will face former Pancrase and current NJPW star Minoru Suzuki.

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