It was revealed last week that Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett had not yet applied for his fighter’s license in the state of Texas, where he will meet Brett Rogers in the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix this Saturday.
With Barnett’s prior problems with athletic commissions, this revelation caused quite a stir. Those concerns can be put to rest, as the often-controversial fighter was issued a license today by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to compete this weekend.
“He has met all the requirements,” Susan Stanford, the Public Information Officer for the TDLR, told MMAjunkie.com. “So he’s ready to go.”
Returning from almost a yearlong absence due to complicated re-licensing issues with the California State Athletic Commission related to positive steroid tests, Barnett will fight the 11-2 Rogers for a chance to advance in the tournament and face Sergei Kharitonov in the semi-finals.
Stanford told MMAJunkie that Barnett’s history in California was not a factor in him receiving a license in Texas since he is “not currently under administrative suspension on a registry of fighters maintained by the Association of Boxing Commissions.”
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum takes place this Saturday, June 18 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Barnett and Rogers will meet in the fight card’s co-main event, while Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will face Fabricio Werdum in the headliner in another Grand Prix bout.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.