Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett, who is scheduled to fight Brett Rogers on the Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum card in Dallas on June 18, has not yet been licensed to fight in Texas.
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. Earlier today Stanford told Bloody Elbow that "Mr Barnett's application is incomplete." Stanford declined to state what additional materials Barnett needs to submit to complete the application..
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Eight other fighters on the card have also yet to be licensed.
Stanford said Barnett's history in California is not a factor in his application for licensure in Texas because the fighter is not currently under administrative suspension on a registry of fighters maintained by the Association of Boxing Commissions. However, Barnett has been required to provide the TDLR with a clean drug test as a condition of his licensure, and Strikeforce is conducting independent drug testing at the event.
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Josh Barnett came on the UG and expressed optimism about getting licensed.
- I'm only going to give it a slight chance he fights. He still hasn't filled out his application for the athletic commission. I know he has 72 hours until the event to submit his app so he still has time but it just doesn't seem like a good idea to procrastinate.
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You are either a liar or have a terrible source of information.
Barnett also went on Twitter to reassure the fans that he intends to fight.
Everything is as planned and by the book with [Texas]. Watch me in the ring [June 18].
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"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. In addition to Barnett vs. Rogers, a second quarterfinal matchup pits Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem against Fabricio Werdum in a non-title affair. The event's main card airs live on Showtime, and the preliminary card airs on HDNet.
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