Though Josh Barnett
has not competed since May, the Strikeforce
heavyweight is nonetheless staying busy these days.
UFC heavyweight champion is currently racing in the Baja 1000,
an off-road race through Mexico’s Baja California peninsula that
takes place from Nov. 13 to Nov. 17 and requires participants to
drive a total of 1,121 miles over the five-day period.
Sherdog.com attempted to contact Barnett for comment through his
manager, Leland LaBarre, but “The Warmaster” has been unreachable
due to the constraints of the race.
The Baja 1000 is part of the Score Championship Desert Racing
Series. Held annually, this year’s installment of the race marks
its 45th anniversary. The race is being run by a variety of
vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, and the
course is marked by eight physical checkpoints, at which drivers
must quickly stop before moving on. All vehicles are fitted with a
black box that keeps track of the drivers’ GPS data as well as
Several individuals who have gained fame in fields other than
off-road racing have participated in the event in years past,
including guitar player Ted Nugent, as well as actors Paul Newman,
Garner and Steve McQueen.
Barnett, 35, saw an eight-fight winning streak halted by Daniel
Cormier in the finals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix
last spring. Prior to that May 19 setback, the catch-wrestling
specialist ran through his first two tournament opponents last
year, submitting Brett
Rogers and Sergei
Kharitonov with arm-triangle chokes.