Josh Barnett Says He Will Be Defending His Title For The First Time At UFC 164

5

Former UFC Champion Josh Barnett will make his long awaited return to the UFC at UFC 164 when he takes on Frank Mir in heavyweight action.

Barnett last fought in the UFC back in March of 2002 when he stopped Randy Couture via a TKO stoppage to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Barnett was then stripped of the title after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

During his time away from the UFC Barnett fought for PRIDE during its heyday, a time when the best heavyweights in the world were considered to be PRIDE fighters.

When he makes his return on August 31st, Barnett feels as though he will be defending his title for the first time. He talked to MMAWeekly.com about it earlier this week:

“When I walk in the ring, in my mind, I’m making my first title defense. That’s the way I see it,”

“We’ve (himself and Frank Mir) always been in different places, even when he was fighting for titles. No one ever took my belt from me, so I don’t know what belt they were swinging around, but that wasn’t the UFC heavyweight title as far as I was concerned and I was off at Pride fighting the top dudes in the world at the time.”

LATEST NEWS

Dan Hardy

Dan Hardy on His Bellator 170 Remarks: ‘I Made my Stance Clear’

Last month, Dan Hardy caused quite a stir on social media. "The Outlaw" saw Bellator 170 live. In the main event, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)...
Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez: ‘I’m Coming With The Fire Against Al Iaquinta’

Diego Sanchez is fired up for his match-up against Al Iaquinta. Sanchez will meet Iaquinta inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on April 22....
Bellator 173 Results

Bellator 173 Results: Did Liam McGeary Get Past Brett McDermott?

Bellator 173 is in the books, but it will be airing via tape-delay tonight (Feb. 24) at 9 p.m. ET on Spike. This event was...
BAMMA 28 Results

BAMMA 28 Results: Norman Parke Wins, But Lightweight Title Remains Vacant

The BAMMA 28 results are in. The main event featured a lightweight bout for the vacant BAMMA 155-pound title. The title was not on the...
Cody Garbrandt

Cody Garbrandt: ‘T.J. Dillashaw is Kind of a Generic Version of Dominick Cruz’

Cody Garbrandt doesn't seem to be impressed by T.J. Dillashaw. "No Love" will be coaching opposite Dillashaw on season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter. Garbrandt...