Heavyweight Josh Barnett
has responded to reports that he has not yet completed his
application for license to fight in the state of Texas, where he is
scheduled to face Brett
Rogers in the quarterfinals of Strikeforce’s
2011 heavyweight grand prix on June 18.
“Some MMA -- and I use this term loosely -- journalist sites
decided to poke around and grab some information, and run with it
and use my name as the lede, even though there are something like
nine other athletes who are still in the process of doing their
paperwork,” Barnett (Pictured) said Wednesday in an
interview on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.”
“They basically ran stories that got everybody hyped up and
stressed out, and now [people] are hitting me up on Twitter.”
The initial report stated that Barnett had yet to finish the
application process. The story cited Susan Stanford, public
information officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and
Regulation, as saying that “Mr. Barnett’s application is
incomplete.” The story did not mention, however, that Barnett was
not alone in that regard.
According to Barnett, he has followed all the required steps to
obtain a license in Texas thus far.
“I’ll say this: I’ve filled out all my paperwork. I’ve filled out
everything, actually, and everything is going just fine with the
athletic commission,” Barnett said. “Any additional steps they’ve
wanted me to do have all been done and [done] within their
“One thing about Texas is that you can file paperwork, but you
can’t get licensed until your medicals are done,” explained
Barnett. “Blood work has to be [processed] within 30 days of your
event, so there is no point in turning in paperwork a month in
advance if you don’t have the [blood work].”
Sherdog.com contacted Barnett for further comment Wednesday
afternoon, and the former UFC heavyweight champion confirmed that
he submitted his blood work approximately two weeks ago.
“I did everything within [the required] timespan,” said Barnett.
“In fact, I got my [blood work] order set up before the 30 days
came up so that I could just walk in to the laboratory and get my
blood work done, and walk out. The UFC isn’t stressing, and neither
is Texas, and neither is my team. It’s a complete non-story.”
Standford has since confirmed that several fighters’ applications
are “incomplete” for the June 18 card.