Josh Barnett licensed to fight in Texas

by Mike Chiappetta | source:

Heavyweight Josh Barnett has been granted a combative sports license by the state of Texas, clearing the way for his Strikeforce Grand Prix bout against Brett Rogers this Saturday night.

While it was always likely that Barnett would be granted a license in Texas, there was some speculation he could have trouble given his recent issues in California, where miscommunication nixed his December 2010 attempt to regain a license in that state.

Susan Stanford, public relations officer of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, told MMA Fighting that Barnett had "met all licensing requirement and is approved." Contrary to some rumors, Barnett is not under administrative suspension in any state as a result of past issues.

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