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By the Way, Josh Barnett Might Not Be Licensed to Fight in Texas Yet

After Josh Barnett‘s re-licensing bid was stonewalled by the CSAC in December — leading him to basically give up on California altogether — Strikeforce figured they could solve their problems by hosting Barnett’s promotional debut in Texas, a lawless wasteland whose notoriously lax athletic commission allowed Antonio Margarito to box Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium the year after after he was caught loading his gloves.

That fact that we hadn’t heard anything about Barnett’s licensing status in the lead-up to June 18th’s “Overeem vs. Werdum” event at the American Airlines Center seemed like a good sign. But problems remain — namely, that the Babyface Assassin reportedly hasn’t completed his Texas licensing application, with just ten days until showtime.

Via Bloody Elbow:

Yesterday, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker assured the media that Barnett would be licensed in time for the fight. According to Susan Stanford, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Barnett has until 72 hours before fight time to complete his application, but has not yet done so.

Earlier today Stanford told Bloody Elbow that “Mr Barnett’s application is incomplete.”

She declined to state what additional materials Barnett needs to submit to complete the application, but she did confirm that he has submitted some materials to begin the application process.

Ominously, Stanford also indicated that Texas authorities would weigh Barnett’s status with the California State Athletic Commission when deciding whether or not to license him to fight.

Barnett, who is slated to face Brett Rogers in the quarterfinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament, responded to the original report via Twitter in his usual lovable style:

I would just like to give a warm and hearty “Fuck You” to BloodyElbow and anyone else for irresponsible “gotcha” journalism…I am being bombarded w/unnecessary questions and friends and fans are getting stressed for nothing.

Okay, so fuck us, then. But aren’t we allowed to be skeptical considering Barnett’s history with American athletic commissions? He’s the last person who should be waiting until ten days out to get his papers in order.

Semi-related: Where the hell has Brett Rogers been lately? Is it weird that the dude’s been a ghost since February?

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danomite- June 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm
I prefer barnett's impressionist work hanging up on the wall to his new realist style.
HighAss- June 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm
when the babyface juicer says to not worry about his license is when you need to start worrying. Fedor's back in
agentsmith- June 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Brett Rogers is currently in negotiations with his boss at the tire shop regarding his request to take off the night of June 18th.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Now that SF is under the Zuffa flag, Barnett will get his shit together or never fight again. I am sure Zuffa has told him...he knows this and would be sacrificing his career if he fucks this up. My bet is everything will be fine.
Fedor Penn- June 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm
They actually have 7 incomplete applications so far for the 16 fighters on the card so I guess this isn't a big deal like it appears to be. There is no way 7 of the fighters are not going to fight.
Me likey- June 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm
barnett can not get his shit together. he should have been the 1st one seeking his license. strikeforce should be ashamed of itself for not making sure that he was licensed before announcing this fight. i know that he may still get it but i mean come on.
google- June 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm
I was wondering about that in the last article. Also,while where at it, could somebody tell us what became of Roy Nelsons meeting with Dana? I mean, if your done defending cunts around here.
macreadysshack- June 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm
@Lopes - That's pretty smart, actually. Trading up.
Fried Taco- June 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I get it now, they're switching Carano's medicals with Barnett's...
Lopes- June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm
So, this is how they're going to get Fedor back into the Grand Prix...
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