"The thing with Josh is, this guy has an issue with California. I totally understand, he's gotta go through it. But the guy hasn't fought in North America for (two years), and he's not even on suspension. Is he gonna get licensed in California? I think that's between Josh, his attorney, and California State. But with saying that, we've reach out to several athletic commissions, four now, (and believe he'll be allowed to fight). Six weeks ago, he went to the California State Athletic Commission offices in Sacramento. He took the test and he came out clean. So, to me, let the guy make a living. He will definitely not be fighting in California. But other commissions are welcoming him to come, providing another clean test, which he will provide. He's gonna fight."
The decision makers with Strikeforce have pulled out all the stops to make sure their inaugural Heavyweight Tournament will go off without a hitch. Contracts are apparently in place for each of the eight participants in the field, with alternate match-ups set in the event someone suffers an injury. The only hurdle currently still to overcome for the San Jose based promotion is making sure heavyweight mega-heel Josh Barnett obtains a license to fight. Scott Coker believes it's as simple as "The Baby Faced Assassin" passing a drug test in any state other than California. But is it really that easy? Are you Maniacs ready to forgive Barnett for his sins in order to let him participate in this historic tournament?