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Josh Barnett Cancels Pro Wrestling Appearance

It would seem Zuffa has asked Josh Barnett to cancel his planned August 27 pro wrestling match for IGF in Japan, and Barnett has obliged.

Barnett, who is set to take part in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinals on September 10 against Sergei Kharitonov, was scheduled to battle K-1 heavyweight Jerome Le Banner in a special ‘fight celebrity’ match for the Japanese pro wrestling company.

Barnett’s contract with Strikeforce allowed him the opportunity to take such matches, but it seems Zuffa was worried about a possible injury during the fight and asked him to cancel.

Barnett is the biggest name remaining in the grand prix after Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was forced to pull out due to injuries.