UFC star makes his debut for TNA

Current UFC Heavyweight star Josh Barnett made his debut at the TNA Impact Wrestling TV tapings being held in Orlando, Florida tonight at Universal Studios.

Barnett, who also does commentary for New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV with WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, interrupted a promo by new TNA Champion Bobby Lashley.

UFC star makes his debut for TNA

Twitter user @MrJacobCohen tweeted out the following photos from the tapings.

It should be noted that Barnett was flagged by USADA back in December after failing an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a screening held on December 9, 2016 according to  a report by MMAFighting.com. Barnett last fought at UFC Fight Night on September 3 defeating Andre Arlovski and currently holds a 34-8 record in MMA. USADA has yet to publicly reveal the substance that Barnett tested positive for in December.


  1. Sorry, don’t want to see MMA or UFC involved in professional wrestling. Two totally different entities. One legitimately tries to beat people up, the other tries to take care of each other and do the right thing in the ring. No reason to integrate them.

  2. As much as I like Josh Barnett on commentary for New Japan and respect him as a fighter, you’d think TNA learned its lesson with the blase’ reaction the fans gave to King Mo, Quentin Jackson, & Tito Ortiz. If they’re trying to copy what WWE is doing with Brock Lesnar, I don’t think this will do it.

  3. Plenty of MMA stars have made good transitions into the ring, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn spring instantly to mind. If he is gonna try and legitimately wrestle, I say good luck to him. Lashley, having lived in both worlds, would be perfect to help him along.

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