Fedor-Barnett In Play For Bellator
Once Josh Barnett signed on with Bellator, it seemed only a matter of time before the Viacom organization tried to sign a showdown between the former UFC heavyweight champion and Fedor Emelianenko.
It may be a reality, as a third scheduled fight between the two heavyweight legends is being considered following Fedor’s knockout of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this past weekend at Bellator 237 in Japan.
“The guy that keeps knocking on the door is Josh Barnett,” Coker said to MMA Junkie.
“He had an unfortunate situation two weeks ago, or a week ago in Hawaii. He was sick. I’ve been texting with him, and he’s recovering and getting back. We’ll see if it’s something Fedor wants to do. I know Barnett would like to do it. He tells me he’d like to fight Fedor, so maybe that’s a fight we can put together.”
The “unfortunate situation” stems from Barnett suffering a health issue that forced him off of the Bellator 235 card where he was set to debut against Ronnie Markes, in what was considered a warm-up fight for Barnett that would lead to a showdown with Fedor.
Barnett has not fought in a mixed martial arts fight in over three years, due to an issue with USADA/UFC over a failed drug test that turned out to be a tainted supplement.
A fight between both Emelianenko and Barnett was booked for an Affliction Pay-Per-View at the end of the last decade but would be canceled before they could step inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California due to Barnett testing positive for steroids.