Josh “The Baby Face Assassin” Barnett has recently announced that he has signed a contract to fight for Strikeforce.  The Strikeforce heavyweight division has been searching for talent and Barnett should fit in very nicely.  Barnett was regarded as one of the best heavyweights in the world during his days in Pride.  He holds victories over Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jeff Monson and Pedro Rizzo.Barnett started off his mixed martial arts career becoming one of the youngest heavyweight champions in UFC history after he defeated Randy Couture in 2002.  His title run was short lived and his reputation was tarnished when he tested positive for steroids.  This was the first but not the only time that he tested positive steroids in his MMA career.  In 2009, ten days before he was set to face Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction Trilogy, Barnett again tested positive for steroids and was forced out of the fight.  Barnett requested a re-test which he also failed.  With his fighting future in the states in question he signed a contract to fight in Japan’s Dream organization.   He debuted for Dream on March 22, 2010 and submitted Might Mo in the first round.  In July of 2010, he fought at Impact FC 1 in Australia defeating Geronimo dos Santos via TKO.

With Strikeforce signing him, it is possible that fans will get to see “The Baby Face Assassin” vs Fedor.  This fight would make sense for a variety of different reasons.  First, it is the big name fight that both fighters are looking for.  Even though Fabricio Werdum ended Fedor’s ten year win streak, a win for Barnett would be huge.  This would be one of the biggest wins of his career and would certainly put him back on the map as a top heavyweight.  A win for Fedor will not give him back his title as the worlds best heavyweight, but it would certainly put him back on the road to redemption.  Either way this fight would certainly have big impact on both the heavyweight division as well as the careers of both fighters.  For now,  it is only speculation and everyone will have to wait and see what Strikeforce decides to do with the newly signed heavyweight.

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