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Josh Barnett Says Getting Back into the UFC Would Shut Some People Up

November 30, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Josh Barnett recently spoke with MMAjunkie about facing Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine and more. Check out the highlights:

On Guelmino: “All my friends are like, ‘Nandor … is he an orc? Is he from Mordor?’ I don’t know about that, but either way, he’s going to try and mess me up…I think the biggest danger is that he’s an unknown quantity, and of all things, I don’t beat him spectacularly, regardless of how good he really is, the perception could be that I’m slipping or I’m not as good as people thought. All the onus lands on me.”

On fighting on Strikeforce’s final card: “Unfortunately, it’s really terrible, because I’ve now set foot in so many different organizations that all up and folded shop. It stinks. I hate being in that position. But I’m here to fight and to crush skulls and step over broken bodies. There’s always an opportunity for that, somewhere, someplace. In the UFC, I know there’s plenty of guys over there that would be happy if I never set foot in that octagon. But if it’s not there, I know there will be other places. There’s always people itching for a fight. That’s where I come in.”

On a potential UFC return: “I would love to see the look on some folks’ faces … being someplace where, one, I’ve already been, even though people may not know it, and two, a place that a lot of folks never thought they’d see me again.”

On drawing Guelmino for the show: “I’m not the one that finds the opponents. I’m just a guy who goes out there and beats the crap out of them. Now that I’ve got a face and a name, no matter how tacky their pants, I’ve got something to focus on.”

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