The following is part of an interview with Josh Barnett from CBS Sports writer Sam Caplan's FiveOuncesOfPain.com blog site:
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett to get his reaction to comments that UFC president Dana White directed at him during a conference call this afternoon to promote UFC 75.
Below are some quotes:
“He cared. He gives a shit because if he didn’t he wouldn’t say anything and he wouldn’t get so worked up about it. He only uses his coveted swear words at important moments like when he tries to get fighters pumped up or gives them pep talks.”
Five Ounces Of Pain then asked Barnett if he was still in negotiations at the time of his original comments.
“I was not negotiating with the UFC at the time of the comments but I can’t really talk about all the negotiations that I’ve been involved with and will be involved with at this point,” he answered.
When asked if he felt there was still a chance he could sign with the UFC, Barnett didn’t rule it out.
“I could always sign with the UFC,” responded Barnett. “It’s only a matter of making things work right for the both of us.”
Furthermore, Barnett doesn’t believe he burned a bridge with the UFC with the negative comments he made towards Couture.
“You don’t burn bridges with Dana. If you can make him money, he puts you in there. If he thinks he’s going to get rich, he uses you or in some instances he has his guys that he calls his 'boys,' or whatever. He knows where his bread is buttered and if he sees green — it’s a go. Randy got an instant title shot coming out of retirement. You know why? Because he saw green. I’m not the only person to ever have issues with Dana and I’m sure — in fact I know for a fact — that there are fighters that are in the Ultimate Fighting Championship right now that have a problems with Dana White. But this is a completely different scenario. If he wants to have personal issues with fighters then there’s nothing I can do to help that guy.”
Barnett concluded, “In terms of business, I make promoters money and promoters make me money and that’s what it comes down to and when it comes to calling somebody unbeatable you better make sure next time that the guy that beat him for the heavyweight title before isn’t in the same room.”
To read the rest of the FiveOuncesOfPain.com interview with Josh Barnett, where Barnett discusses the Renato “Babalu” Sobral incident at UFC 74 and his release announced today, click here.