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Josh Barnett is cutting it a bit close

Gina Carano might not be the only person from next week’s Strikeforce card who won’t be making it to Texas. Josh Barnett may also find himself off the card because he’s dilly dallying around with getting his fight license:

Yesterday, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker assured the media that Barnett would be licensed in time for the fight. According to Susan Stanford, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Barnett has until 72 hours before fight time to complete his application, but has not yet done so.

Earlier today Stanford told Bloody Elbow that “Mr Barnett’s application is incomplete.”

She declined to state what additional materials Barnett needs to submit to complete the application, but she did confirm that he has submitted some materials to begin the application process.

Ominously, Stanford also indicated that Texas authorities would weigh Barnett’s status with the California State Athletic Commission when deciding whether or not to license him to fight.

This is quite interesting considering Texas practically tripped over it’s gigantic boner setting up Antonio Margarito’s fight with Manny Pacquiao after Antonio was caught loading his gloves. Maybe Dana White was onto something when he said boxers get off way easier than MMA people. Josh Barnett’s problems stem from a positive steroids test from two years ago!

But it’s hard to fault an athletic commission for actually doing a good job, even if they only do that good job 5% of the time. Barnett still hasn’t cleared up that 2009 steroid fail with the California commission, and now we’ve learned he’s left his Texas license stuff to the last second. We know he’s a great fighter, but he doesn’t seem to be the best secretary ever.

If he doesn’t get his shit together and push this application through, he might as well kiss his MMA career goodbye. Zuffa wasn’t exactly hot on Josh to begin with, and flubbing the paperwork on his first Strikeforce / Zuffa fight isn’t what I’d call a good first impression.

  • CAP

    Reports are about half the guys fighting haven’t completed their applications yet. Josh isn’t the only one.

  • Letibleu
  • kvelertak

    He told bloodydouchebow to fuck off. so that’s good.

  • Reverend Clint

    dont mess with texas… its not nice to make fun of retards

  • pewnt

    Barnett needs to accept the FACT that he has pissed dirty three times, so people will pay attention when he has no license ten days out from an event.

    Sure half the card may be in the same situation that he is in (in regards to have a license), but to my knowledge half the card hasn’t had MULTIPLE DIRTY TESTS, and major issues getting apporved in multiple states.

    The word of the day is ACCOUNTABILITY. Say it with me Josh.

    You are not being unfairly judged.

  • glassjawsh

    pewnt bringing some logic back to the comment section for the first time in a while

  • pewnt

    I would rather read, than write …….

  • Reverend Clint

    Who cares about Josho? The dude isnt even top 20 anymore. If he actually fights in this tourny he will be maybe top 15 since he is taking on bigfoot fucking silva.

  • frickshun

    Dude is a total fucking has-been. Let him fight Cro-Cop.

  • Reverend Clint

    cro cop vs josho vs fedor vs big nog death match

  • iamphoenix

    there’s no piss tests in world of warcraft so WTF!

  • agentsmith

    I’d have a good laugh if Brett Rogers KO’s him.  This guy deserves to disappear.