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Contract talks between Josh Barnett, UFC at a stalemate

Negotiations between Josh Barnett and UFC hit a sticking point

Josh Barnett (32-6) and UFC parent Zuffa still haven’t reached a deal.

The top free agent’s rep said the two sides have reached “a sticking point” despite agreeing on guaranteed compensation.

“Once we have an acceptable deal with someone, we will close, sign and hopefully fight within a few months,” manager Leland LaBarre today told MMAjunkie.com.

Sources close to the promotion confirmed that Barnett’s offer was still on the table, though talks had recently deteriorated.

Another quote from Barnett's manager here telling Ariel Helwani that money is not the issue.

The first thing that came to my mind when I read this was professional wrestling. Barnett has been wrestling over in Japan for a decade now and has become a top draw over in Japan, performing for Antonio Inoki's IGF for the last few years. 

I know Barnett has said that his ability to work has been limited by Zuffa in the past, but I honestly don't see any good reason to not let him compete. He's a trained professional. Injuries happen, but they can also occur in BJJ meets too.

Whatever it may be, I hope Barnett and the UFC work it out because I know I'm not the only one who would love to see him back in there.