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False Alarm: Josh Barnett Gets the Green Light to Fight Brett Rogers This Saturday

(“Rogers a hater. Rogers a hater. [*long pause*] Rogers, you a hater. You a hater, Rogers. Big, soft…you a hater, man. Hater. You hatin’!“)

Last week, we expressed some concern that Josh Barnett‘s application for a license in Texas was still incomplete, just ten days before he was scheduled to throw down against Brett Rogers at “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” in Dallas. But it turned out there was a logical explanation for Barnett’s licensing status that involved pre-fight medicals, and the Babyface Assassin was actually among several other fighters on the card whose applications were incomplete as of last week.

And now it’s official. As MMAJunkie reports, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has issued Barnett a license to fight this Saturday:

Barnett’s license is good for one year…As earlier reported, Barnett was required to provide the TDLR with a clean drug test in addition to the usual pre-fight paperwork as a condition of his licensure. Strikeforce is conducting independent drug testing at the event…

[TDLR Public Information Officer Susan] Stanford said earlier that Barnett’s history in California is not a factor in his application for licensure in Texas because the fighter is not currently under administrative suspension on a registry of fighters maintained by the Association of Boxing Commissions.

So that’s that. You can all kiss Josh’s ass now.

Related: For the remaining fights in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, a death-round-to-settle-any-strikeforce-heavyweight-grand-p/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>”sudden death” fourth round will be added in case a fight is ruled a draw after three rounds. (On Saturday, this would hypothetically apply to Barnett vs. Rogers and Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum.) The good news is, we won’t have to worry about a sketchy fourth judge showing up to advance one of the fighters; that idea has been thankfully nixed.

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LOKI- June 15, 2011 at 5:55 am
I havta take Barny. He tends to do well against minorities but for some reason is 0-3 against the whitest HW not named Kharitonov.
fatbellyfrank- June 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Strikeforce is conducting independent drug testing at the event…
Their gonna ask all the fighters if they took anything naughty
ReX13- June 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Hey Ben, did you apologize to Barnett yet, you hack?
kmax1940- June 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm
yeah Rogers really needs PR help! when he first came out I tried to be a fan... but he did not fight often did not appear in public much.. his website was wayyyyy out of date... just ridiculous.
bgoldstein- June 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm
@ Pen Fifteen :

The question is, *where* is Brett Rogers. Honestly, the night that photo was taken was the last time he appeared in public.

"It's not like him to be out this late!" -The Grim's Jewish mother.
noizy- June 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm
SF FightTeam WGP2011, biatch.
Pen Fifteen- June 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Who is Brett Rogers?
NomadRip- June 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm
Is there going to be a poll to guess whose piss he used?
El Guapo- June 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Titties vs Titties, who ya got?
nickyroose- June 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm
hooligun- June 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm
pretty amazing escape - until he fails the post fight test of course.