Josh Barnett has been granted a license to fight in the state of Texas. Barnett, who has faced licensing issues in the past with the California State Athletic Commission, was officially cleared today to compete on the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card on June 18th, where he will face Brett Rogers in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. MMAJunkie has it:
"He has met all the requirements," Susan Stanford, the Public Information Officer for the TDLR, today told www.mmajunkie.com. "So he's ready to go."
Barnett's license is good for one year. Of eight other fighters who had yet to receive a license for Saturday's event as of this past week, Stanford did not have a head count of who'd been cleared at the time of this writing.
Last week Bloody Elbow reported that Barnett had not yet received his license, and Ms. Stanford stated that Barnett's application was incomplete at that time. It appears now that the Texas Department of Licensing has overcome any concerns they may have had, and The Babyfaced Assassin is free to compete on the card. Barnett (29-5) hasn't fought since July of last year, where he defeated Geronimo dos Santos by TKO in Australia. He is currently riding a 6 fight winning streak.