“At some point me and Fedor, I said to him, I go, ‘look, the only people that can beat you. I can beat you and you can beat me. If we actually have to lose, if there’s any reason we have to lose to anyone,’ and I preferred it be like that, but this is fighting and things happen. Fedor was careless with his offense and his movements and he got caught in a very bad spot by a guy who one of his specialties is the triangle off his back. When you put yourself in that kind of position with a guy like Werdum, it’s not by chance that you get put in a triangle or an armbar… People lose, and it doesn’t diminish anything in my eyes about Fedor or the importance of a fight between the two of us. I’m sure it will happen at some point, and it will be just as amazing, at least for me anyways, as it would have been.”
—Josh Barnett on MMA Weekly Radio talking about the elusive fight between him and Fedor Emelianenko
It’s still unknown who Josh Barnett will fight in his Strikeforce debut. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty much unknown who anyone in Strikeforce’s heavyweight division will be fighting in the coming months. Fedor Emelianenko is still in contract negotiations with Strikeforce and Showtime, and word is M-1 Global is trying to parlay his signing into a Showtime TV deal for their M-1 Challenge series. Alistair Overeem already made the decision to compete in the K-1 WGP Final 16 on Oct. 2, and surprisingly, so did another Strikeforce heavyweight, Andrei Arlovski. Meanwhile, Antonio Silva is pissed that no one wants to fight him. And Fabricio Werdum won’t be ready to get back in the cage until March with his sights firmly set on Overeem and Fedor. In other words, Strikeforce has quite a bit of talent in the heavyweight division, but no one has any solid plans yet to fight for the promotion in the foreseeable future.
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