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Josh Barnett Seeking January Fight In Strikeforce

For Josh Barnett, the thrill of competition is starting to heat up.

Barnett, who has not fought since a May decision loss to Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, is hopeful for a spot on the January Strikeforce card.

Strikeforce has cancelled two events in 2012, but has promised to put together a jam-packed lineup in January.

“I do know that I’m looking forward to fighting sometime in January for Strikeforce,” said Barnett, during a recent appearance in Inside MMA. “I don’t have an opponent. I can just start with all my members of my team in the gym, and start thrashing them.”

Barnett (31-6) had his eight-fight win streak stopped by Cormier. The Strikeforce heavyweight division will be complete once Barnett and Cormier fulfill their fight obligations.

Barnett is a former UFC heavyweight champion, having last competed in the promotion in 2002 with a TKO victory over Randy Couture. He won the belt in that fight, but failed his post-fight drug test.

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