Questions surrounding whether or not heavyweight Josh Barnett would see action in a Strikeforce cage again before moving on to the next phase of his career appear to have been answered. Though not officially confirmed, Barnett has been linked to a bout against Austrian fighter Nandor Guelmino on January 12 at Strikeforce: Champions.
Though the card is expected to be Strikeforce’s final offering before going under, it will definitely mark the home of Barnett’s last fight under the organization’s banner. Strikeforce dissolved the heavyweight division during the promotion’s Grand Prix with most of their athletes moving on to the UFC.
MMAJunkie was first to report Barnett’s bout with Guelmino.
Barnett (31-6) has long been considered one of the top heavyweights in MMA with past success against the likes of Sergei Kharitonov, Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, Mark Hunt, Randy Couture, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nineteen of his wins have come by way of submission with another seven strike-based stoppages to his credit as well.
Though a relative unknown Stateside, Guelmino has put together a respectable run in the sport. He holds an overall record of 11-3-1 and is currently on a seven-fight winning streak.
Strikeforce: Champions is scheduled to feature a welterweight title-bout between Nate Marquardt-Tarec Saffiedine as well as match-ups between Ryan Couture-K.J. Noons, Mike Kyle-Gegard Mousasi, and Daniel Cormier-Dion Staring.
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