When heavyweight Josh Barnett came up short against Daniel Cormier this past Saturday night at the Strikeforce Grand Prix Final it left fans wondering where “The Warmaster” would fight next considering the state of Strikeforce’s roster. Prior to the match-up it had been stated the Grand Prix champion would compete in a final one-off outing before the company completely closed the division’s door, implying the loser – Barnett as it turned out – would either follow his peers into the UFC or be left to test free agency.
However, it appears neither will be the case, as Barnett will in fact fight one more time for Strikeforce before addressing his future beyond the promotion.
According to a report from USA Today citing Zuffa officials, Strikeforce has opted to keep Barnett around for a single scrap similarly to Cormier’s handling. Considering Barnett and Cormier are the final two heavyweights signed to Strikeforce the news also indicates talent will be brought in from outside the organization.
Barnett’s loss to Cormier snapped an eight-fight winning streak for the 34-year old. The 31-6 veteran is considered to be Top 5 talent and holds past victories over a number of notable competitors including Sergei Kharitonov, Jeff Monson, Randy Couture, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Currently Barnett is out for an undetermined period of time up to six months after breaking his hand in the opening round of action against Cormier.
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