Gina Carano might not be the only person from next week’s Strikeforce card who won’t be making it to Texas. Josh Barnett may also find himself off the card because he’s dilly dallying around with getting his fight license:
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, but has not yet done so.
Earlier today Stanford told Bloody Elbow that “Mr Barnett’s application is incomplete.”
She declined to state what additional materials Barnett needs to submit to complete the application, but she did confirm that he has submitted some materials to begin the application process.
Ominously, Stanford also indicated that Texas authorities would weigh Barnett’s status with the California State Athletic Commission when deciding whether or not to license him to fight.
This is quite interesting considering Texas practically tripped over it’s gigantic boner setting up Antonio Margarito’s fight with Manny Pacquiao after Antonio was caught loading his gloves. Maybe Dana White was onto something when he said boxers get off way easier than MMA people. Josh Barnett’s problems stem from a positive steroids test from two years ago!
But it’s hard to fault an athletic commission for actually doing a good job, even if they only do that good job 5% of the time. Barnett still hasn’t cleared up that 2009 steroid fail with the California commission, and now we’ve learned he’s left his Texas license stuff to the last second. We know he’s a great fighter, but he doesn’t seem to be the best secretary ever.
If he doesn’t get his shit together and push this application through, he might as well kiss his MMA career goodbye. Zuffa wasn’t exactly hot on Josh to begin with, and flubbing the paperwork on his first Strikeforce / Zuffa fight isn’t what I’d call a good first impression.