Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum: Barnett Licensed in Texas to Fight Rogers

Todd Seyler@toddseylerContributor IJune 15, 2011

According to, Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix contender Josh Barnett received his license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to fight this weekend in Dallas, Texas.

"He has met all the requirements," Susan Stanford, the Public Information Officer for the TDLR commented to MMAWeekly, "So he's ready to go."

Barnett is scheduled to face Brett Rogers this weekend at the American Airlines Center. In the remaining Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal matchup, Alistair Overeem will challenge Fabricio Werdum.

Because of Barnett's failed drug test in the past and positive result for banned substances, he was required to provide the TDLR with a clean drug test prior to becoming licensed.

Additionally, Strikeforce is conducting independent drug testing at the event.

Barnett shared his progress with the licensing process on his Twitter account.

"Everything is as planned and by the book with (Texas). Watch me in the ring (June 18)," Barnett tweeted.

Failing a drug test in California prior to his matchup with Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Trilogy, was not an issue for Texas commission.

With the licensing in place, Josh Barnett is looking forward to his bout with Brett Rogers this Saturday.

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