Josh Barnett is only one of two heavyweight fighters that is still under contract with Strikeforce and currently has one fight left on his contract.
Since losing to Daniel Cormier in the heavyweight tournament final, he has not been linked to a fight. However, he does believe that he will be on the next Strikeforce card in January.
“I do know that I am looking forward to fighting someone in January for Strikeforce and give all the fans that have been following me on Showtime and Strikeforce exactly what they expect,” Barnett told Inside MMA on AXS TV.
Barnett (31-6) went on to say that he does not known who his opponent will be at this time, but will be ready to go.
Barnett’s opponent will either be someone that is currently under contract with the UFC or a heavyweight that is currently a free agent or fighting for another organization.
After his next fight in Strikeforce, the question becomes will the UFC bring him back to the organization where he won the heavyweight title against Randy Couture at UFC 36. After he defeated Couture, it was learned that Barnett had tested positive for a banned substance. The UFC stripped him of the title and was released from the UFC.
UFC President Dana White has not said if the UFC would sign Barnett, but he is one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world and it appears that enough time has passed for the UFC to give him another chance with the promotion.