It’s been more than two years since Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett had his license to fight suspended by the California after failing a drug test for PED use prior to a scheduled scrap against Fedor Emelianenko. While it’s been a long and arduous road for the 31-5 PRIDE veteran, it looks like it should be smooth sailing for him from here on out after the CSAC voted to reinstate his license under the condition he would submit to random drug testing prior to any upcoming fights in the State.
Though Strikeforce has yet to announce a location for the match-up, Barnett’s next bout will come on May 19 against Daniel Cormier in the finals of the organization’s long-running Grand Prix. With Barnett back in business in California it would open the door for the fight to take place in the promotion’s home-base of San Jose.
Barnett is currently on an eight-fight winning streak including wins in the tournament against Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov. Comparably, Cormier is 9-0 thus far since transitioning to MMA from a successful run as a wrestler including back-to-back victories against Jeff Monson and Antonio Silva.
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