Strikeforce Signs Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett

Erik Fontanez@@Erik_FontanezCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2010

Strikeforce announced early Monday morning that they have signed heavyweight standout Josh Barnett to a multi-fight deal.

“Strikeforce is the home of the best heavyweight division in the world and I’m proud to be able to call it my home now," Barnett said in a press release.

“I’m looking forward to competing amongst the greatest fighters in the world and fighting my way to another world title.”

Barnett (26-5) was last seen making quick work of Geronimo dos Santos at Impact FC: The Uprising.  "The Babyface Assassin" scored a first-round TKO of the Brazilian in that fight.

Currently on a five-fight win streak, Barnett will surely add some meat the already beefy heavyweight division of Strikeforce.  The signing gives much needed spice to Strikeforce with Fedor Emelianenko's recent loss to Fabricio Werdum.  It's possible that Werdum can now move on to fight Alistair Overeem, while Barnett and Fedor can handle some unfinished business from their Affliction days.

Barnett was set to fight the Russian at Affliction's third show, Affliction: Trilogy, but the event was canceled following Barnett testing positive for steroids just 10 days before the scheduled bout.

A potential matchup with Barnett could be a huge draw for MMA fans that waited to see this fight take place in 2009.

Now, it's up to Scott Coker and company to make the fight happen.  

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