(Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett)
According to a report from USA Today, Josh Barnett will receive at least onemore opportunity in Strikeforce despite his loss in the final of theStrikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The report cites sources within thepromotion's parent company, Zuffa.
Barnett defeated Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov to reach the final, butdropped a one-side decision to Daniel Cormier in the final. The fighter'sfuture in the Zuffa property was questioned considering his rocky relationshipwith the company's brass over the years.
His next outing will certainly be down the road. The California State Athletic Commissionsuspended Barnett following his recent defeat for 180 days or until cleared bya physician for a possible left hand fracture.
Barnett won the UFC heavyweight title back in 2002 with a TKO victory overRandy Couture. He then was forced to vacate the belt for testing positive forbanned substances. He never again won a major promotion's title, but he didreach the finals of the 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix with victories overAlexander Emelianenko, Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira before falling toMirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.