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Strikeforce Rolls the Dice, Signs Josh Barnett to Multi-Fight Deal


(Anybody know the heimlich? Josh swallowed one of his little toys again. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Despite the fact that he effectively torched Affliction’s MMA promotion by testing positive for steroids, Strikeforce has agreed to play ball with Josh Barnett, signing the former UFC heavyweight champion to a multi-fight contract. Strikeforce announced the news in a press release sent out this morning, but didn’t reveal the date of Barnett’s debut or the name of his first opponent. Said the Babyface Assassin:

“Strikeforce is the home of the best heavyweight division in the world and I’m proud to be able to call it my home now. I’m looking forward to competing amongst the greatest fighters in the world and fighting my way to another world title.”



I know what you’re thinking: Josh Barnett vs. Fedor Emelianenko. The super-fight that never happened in PRIDE now seems possible in Strikeforce. Since Fabricio Werdum is out of commission for a while — and Alistair Overeem says he won’t return until Werdum does — it’s a potential headliner that could create some heat for Coker & Co. But between Fedor’s management and Strikeforce’s maddening matchmaking, we won’t hold our breath. Feel free to remain cautiously optimistic.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, Barnett has compiled a six-fight win streak that includes victories over Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, and Gilbert Yvel, while competing for Sengoku, Affliction, and DREAM. His most recent win was a swift first-round TKO (sodomy) against Geronimo Dos Santos at Impact 1: Brisbane.

In a related story, Josh Barnett will be performing at Antonio Inoki’s star-studded GENOME13 pro-wrestling event on September 25th, in a match against…wait for it…Tim Sylvia. No shit. Mark Coleman, Bob Sapp, Bobby Lashley, and Tiger Mask have also been announced for the card.

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agentsmith- September 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Looks like one of his moob implants slipped out of place.
Treebs- September 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Lol at Barnett saying SF's 6 deep heavyweight division is "best in the world"
mt59801- September 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm
'Reem vs Barnett would be a classic, they could bring Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds in as guest commentators and set the cage up inside Target field as a tribute to Lesnar.
Clyde- September 13, 2010 at 11:47 am
I imagine strikeforce will just make a matchup along the lines of Barnett Vs. Gurgel, loser gets Overeem, winner gets Arlovski. And the loser of the last one gets to face Gus Johnson for the vacant middleweight title.
nickyroose- September 13, 2010 at 10:51 am
Strike Farce's awesome heavyweight division....BWHAHAHAHAHJHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HipHopHieronymus- September 13, 2010 at 9:48 am
Honestly Arlovski vs. Barnett would be terrible, I can't see how it wouldn't end with Arlovski taking a nap in the first round. Hell if the guy had Jason Guida slapping him like Clay before the fight he'd probably get KTFO
cecils_pupils- September 13, 2010 at 9:42 am
Finally we can have a heavyweight match-up to determine the pound for pound horse-meat eating champion of all time:

Barnett vs. Overeem has to happen.
Seoul Brother- September 13, 2010 at 9:36 am
@RwR: Blessed Cthulhu, I hope not. All it would take would be one body shot or a rear naked choke and BAM! They'd start lactating.
RwilsonR- September 13, 2010 at 9:10 am
@ JWM - I think he got the same bad batch that Tim Sylvia took. I think they were laced with estrogen.
RwilsonR- September 13, 2010 at 9:08 am
Oh........ this is about Josh Barnett. I saw the saggy nipples in the picture and thought we were getting another preview of that guy Overeem is fighting in K-1.
Jesus Frijoles- September 13, 2010 at 8:46 am
Clearly the roids aren't for his physique. He just enjoys having tiny testicles. Wouldn't want to offend any of his Asian fanbase.
JWM- September 13, 2010 at 8:44 am
So if Barnett didn't do steroids what would he look like.... Meatwad? I mean come on, does he do the steroids then eat potato chips or what? Look at Overeem, Lesnar, then Barnett he must be doing it wrong....
Loretta Cunt- September 13, 2010 at 8:32 am
Fuck yeah it's about time. he'll fight bigfoot first, trust me.
enough about the roids. brock and allistar are roided out. josh just has to quit getting caught
glassjawsh- September 13, 2010 at 8:29 am
durrr how the hell are they even going to get this guy sanctioned? looks like fedor v barnett will be on a trash barge in the south pacific





Turd Furgeson- September 13, 2010 at 8:17 am
Josh Barnett is so cool.
El Famous Burrito- September 13, 2010 at 8:00 am
They need to do this in Japan to save themselves the embarrassment of another positive steroid test.

Fedor vs. Barnett on NYE in Japan? Hell yeah!

I say go for it. You can't have negative credibility anyways.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- September 13, 2010 at 7:52 am
@ ReX13

Actually, I kinda like the sound of Arlovski vs Barnett.

...but yeah, they'll find a way to screw it up.
ReX13- September 13, 2010 at 7:48 am
Ok, Potato Nation, how are they going to screw this up?

Arlovski vs Barnett, winner gets Bigfoot, loser fights Cormier for the inaugural Super Heavyweight strap?
831 Father- September 13, 2010 at 7:43 am
If Josh manages to kill Strikeforce too, wouldn't Dana let bygones be bygones?
Viva Hate- September 13, 2010 at 7:36 am
Wait, are you serious? FUCK YA! TIGER MASK!
CCLAX2- September 13, 2010 at 7:24 am
Strikeforce keeps signing outcasts. This guy is another one, he has had more juice then Welch's.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- September 13, 2010 at 7:19 am
I saw this coming.

Strikeforce had to do SOMETHING to beef up their heavyweight division.

What the hell. Why not?

And I hate to admit it, but with all the shenanigans, Strikeforce may as well throw together Fedor vs Barnett.....just for ol' times sake.
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