"I'm an architect of my own fate, so you can imagine there's some CAD drawings of where I'm going and what I'm doing," he quipped. "Opportunities are going to come to me. Tom Huggins has a bunch of stuff in the works and is hot to use me. There's always a possibility for Sengoku or Dream, even though Japanese MMA is crippled right now."
Up first for the self-proclaimed "world's strongest pro-wrestler" will be a puroresu stint in September for the Inoki Genome Federation. However, Barnett is just as eager to get back into the gym as he is to get into the ring or the cage. He told Sherdog.com he's excited to continue working with Nicolas Sainac, the 1988 savate Grand Cup champion, whom Barnett said is "like a surgeon with his feet."
"I'll apply (for my license to fight in the U.S.) when available," he said. "I'll go up in front of those guys and see what they say, and do my thing. I offered to go up and give them another test. I said, 'I'll take the test right now,' when they said I had a bad one. When it comes time, I'll do it."
I'm pretty much a hopeless optimist slash magical thinker when it comes to fighters. But even I have to admit that the chances of Josh Barnett ever fighting relevant competition at heavyweight seem pretty damn slim.
He fairly thoroughly botched his appeals with the CSAC by failing to appear at his hearing. We'll know fairly soon whether the CSAC will hold that against him when he is eligible to re-apply for licensing with the commission.
Should he get licensed to fight in the U.S., he would be an excellent addition to Strikeforce's roster. Will Scott Coker and Showtime care to give Barnett a slot on a card? The man has failed not one, not two, but three steroid tests in the past and has still never admitted any culpability. I don't know that I would want to bet my career as a network executive that Josh Barnett will pass the requisite drug tests necessary to fight in the States.
I'm crossing my fingers because I'm a huge fan of Barnett's brand of catch wrestling based MMA, but I'm not holding my breath.