Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett StrikeforceFormer UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett finally has a date and opponent for his final fight under the Strikeforce banner.

Barnett will square off with promotional newcomer Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce: Champions on Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event is also expected to be Strikeforce’s swan song, with most of its fighters gobbled up by the UFC.

Barnett (31-6) had been on eight-fight winning streak prior to his last bout, a losing effort in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals to Daniel Cormier.

Barnett broke his hand in that fight and has been sidelined ever since, while Strikeforce has cancelled two events during that same timespan.

It’s unclear what Barnett’s future holds beyond the January event. He has had a rocky past with UFC officials and has been rumored to be considering returning to Japan in 2013 to fight again for Pancrase, where he was the last man to hold the promotion’s open weight championship.

Guelmino is a little known Austrian heavyweight with an 11-3-1 professional record. The fight against Barnett marks his first bout in America.

After injuries ravaged the top end of Strikeforce: Champions, the main event now features Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt putting his belt on the line against Tarec Saffiedine.

MMAWeekly.com’s independent sources confirmed the Barnett vs. Guelmino bout, which was first reported by MMAJunkie.com.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your Strikeforce news and updates.

 

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

People kept pushing UFC Fight Night 86’s Curtis Blaydes to fight, so he finally did

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes had all the credentials to begin an MMA career, but it took a little prodding to get him in the cage.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Watch the UFC Zagreb Q&A Featuring Josh Barnett Live on Saturday at 10:30 AM ET

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

Watch the Fight Night Zagreb Q&A featuring Josh Barnett, Misha Circunov and Dan Hardy streaming live from the Zagreb Arena in Croatia on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET. read news >>

UFC Fight Night Zagreb Q&A with Josh Barnett Video Replay

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

Former heavyweight champion Josh Barnett, 205-pound prospect Misha Circunov and Dan Hardy fielded questions from the fans prior to the UFC Fight Night 86 weigh-in. read news >>

B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver slated for UFC 199 in Los Angeles

  • 23 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn will return from a two-year layoff to fight fellow featherweight Dennis Siver at UFC 199.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Cancels The Ultimate Fighter Tryout Slated for April 25 in Las Vegas

  • 23 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC announced on Tuesday that the open casting call for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, originally scheduled for April 25, has been canceled. read news >>

UFC at Madison Square Garden: Date for 1st Event Announced

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Following the long-awaited legalization of mixed martial arts in the state of New York, UFC announced its first Madison Square Garden event Thursday. According to New York State governor Andrew Cuomo read news >>

UFC Announces First Event in New York Slated for November 12

  • 21 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC will return to New York for the first time since UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo took place in 1995. read news >>

Daron Cruickshank finally gets to realize dream of soccer kicking someone in the face

  • 20 days ago
  • 16 views

If you walk into Daron Cruickshank’s house, you’ll find a list of goals. With the upstart Japanese promotion Rizin MMA, he could get the pleasure of checking one off: to knock someone out with a socc read news >>

Koscheck vs. Daley II co-headlines 'Bellator 158: Kimbo vs. Thompson II' in London

  • 18 days ago
  • 20 views

As expected Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley will finally meet again, and they’ll do so in Bellator 158’s co-headliner.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura slated for UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota

  • 15 days ago
  • 9 views

A welterweight bout between Kyle Noke and Keita Nakamura is the latest addition to this summer’s UFC Fight Night 91 lineup.Filed under: News read news >>