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Josh Barnett granted license to fight in California

Embattled MMA promotion Strikeforce got a dose of good news this week when it was determined that heavyweight Josh Barnett would be free compete in California after his license to fight was reinstated. The California State Athletic Commission gave Barnett the green-light on Monday after a two-year battle following a failed drug test back in 2009. However, Barnett must still submit to random testing by the CSAC prior to any event in the State.

Barnett’s positive hit sent Affliction’s attempt at promoting MMA events into a nosedive as the company had been promoting a fight between “The Warmaster” and Fedor Emelianenko.

The PRIDE veteran’s next fight is set for May 19 against Daniel Cormier in the final of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. A location has not been set for their bout but clearly the card appears destined for California with San Jose, the organization’s home-base, being attached to the card.


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