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UFC’s Mark Hunt and Josh Barnett Campaign for Rematch

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Following Mark Hunt’s knockout win over Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 52, the heavyweight relayed he really wants to fight in Sydney on November 7th, and that he’s also hoping to rematch Josh Barnett at some point. While it remains to be seen if the UFC can make the fight happen at UFC FN 55, Barnett has let it be known that he’s down for the fight.

Following Hunt’s revelation on “The MMA Hour” that he’d like to fight Barnett again, who defeated him way back in 2006 when the two were competing for PRIDE, “The Warmaster” tweeted this

Then, the two engaged in this quick, back-and-forth:

Once Hunt knew Barnett was down for the bout, he quickly let the UFC in on the situation:

Barnett hasn’t fought since last December, when he was KO’d by Travis Browne at UFC 168. The accomplished fighter, and #6 ranked heavyweight, took out Frank Mir last August in his return to the promotion.

When the two met at PRIDE’s “Critical Countdown Absolute” card eight years ago, Barnett won the bout via first round kimura. The decorated kickboxer was fighting in what was just his 7th MMA scrap, while Barnett had fought in over 20 MMA bouts at that juncture.

The 40 year-old Hunt, meanwhile, has moved into the #5 ranking spot following his stoppage win over Nelson. The only man to defeat Hunt since 2010, and in seven fights, is former champ Junior dos Santos.

It will be interesting to see if this fight happens, and really, when you consider many of the other top heavyweights are booked or injured, it certainly makes sense.

It’s also a fight that should move some tickets, particularly if the UFC books it for Sydney (Hunt is from New Zealand).

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