Josh Barnett Slated for Final Strikeforce Bout on Champions Fight Card in January

November 29, 2012
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Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett StrikeforceFormer UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett finally has a date and opponent for his final fight under the Strikeforce banner.

Barnett will square off with promotional newcomer Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce: Champions on Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event is also expected to be Strikeforce’s swan song, with most of its fighters gobbled up by the UFC.

Barnett (31-6) had been on eight-fight winning streak prior to his last bout, a losing effort in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals to Daniel Cormier.

Barnett broke his hand in that fight and has been sidelined ever since, while Strikeforce has cancelled two events during that same timespan.

It’s unclear what Barnett’s future holds beyond the January event. He has had a rocky past with UFC officials and has been rumored to be considering returning to Japan in 2013 to fight again for Pancrase, where he was the last man to hold the promotion’s open weight championship.

Guelmino is a little known Austrian heavyweight with an 11-3-1 professional record. The fight against Barnett marks his first bout in America.

After injuries ravaged the top end of Strikeforce: Champions, the main event now features Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt putting his belt on the line against Tarec Saffiedine.

MMAWeekly.com’s independent sources confirmed the Barnett vs. Guelmino bout, which was first reported by MMAJunkie.com.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your Strikeforce news and updates.

 

  • johnnybooker

    Warmaster! Bolt Thrower’s biggest fan…and the MMA’er I’d most like to party with. Would love to see him in the UFC again.

  • Milos Rackovic

    Josh sucks

    • Kyle

      Yep. You should go in the gave with the former UFC champion who has beaten Randy Couture & Big Nog and show us how much he sucks.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Josh doesn’t really suck, he is a veteran and talented but I believe the guy has failed like three times in his career for steroids.

      • Mark McDowall

        I believe he was told by Zuffa/Dana White that he will never fight in the UFC again due to him failing drug tests.

        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          I don’t like to bad mouth fighters but I wouldn’t blame them for saying so. I agree with them on that. Such a shame.

          • Mark McDowall

            Well he almost single handedly closed down the affliction promotion with one of his positive tests. And the funny thing is…for a guy with his history of roid usage, he NEVER looks in shape lol.

          • sillymcgoo

            even funnier is people acting like 99% (low estimation) of athletes don’t use PEDs. He is just retarded for getting caught.

          • Mark McDowall

            Well that comes back to the question “what is the definition of a PED”. A cup of coffee can give you a boost before a workout. Should that be banned??

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            lmao.. I agree with you 100% my friend. BTW please follow me on fbook and twitter.

  • stevemcz11

    I would like to see him fight Brendan Schaub or Matt Mittrione or maybe Travis Browne. If he gets into the UFC I think he has a lot riding on this upcoming fight

  • oface

    They should have moved Damien Maia to SF for there last event to face marquart. Would have helped the card a lot plus that rematch would have had a ton of ufc title implications or interim title against johnny Hendricks if the gsp Silva super fight happens.