UFC fighter Josh Barnett has said he is open to the possibility of working in the WWE during a recent interview.
Speaking to WrestlingInc, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion said he would love to work in the WWE if he was given the opportunity.
He said: "Sure! Working is working, and there's a lot of great guys in WWE that I'd love to put on a match with. The thing is, wherever I go, I'm a wrestler. I'm not an entertainer or superstar or whatever. I'm a wrestler first, and I won't concede on that."
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Barnett is no stranger to the wrestling scene either. He wrestled several matches between 2003 and 2004 with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and wrestled in over 50 matches for the company.
He also wrestled with the Inoki Genome Federation in Japan when it was created in 2007. Here, he wrestled against former WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley in the semi-finals of a tournament for IGF Heavyweight Championship. Barnett defeated Lashley, but then he had to pull out of the final, leaving Jerome Le Banner as the champion.
Since January this year, Barnett has been working as a color commentator for one of NJPW's weekly programs.
Whilst his resume makes him sound like a good fit for the WWE, I don’t think he’ll be receiving any calls from them anytime soon as not many people know about him. He wouldn’t be the kind of wrestler they’ll be looking to invest in, especially with the amount of talent the WWE currently has in NXT.