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Crazy Rumor: Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett for DREAM and StrikeForce co-promotion

November 16, 2009 by Narcisist in Affliction, Japan, News, Rumors, Strikeforce with 7 Comments


I will start off this post by saying that I do not know what the chances of this fight happening are, but I will let you make your own decision on the rumor. Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett has been a potential blockbuster fight that has been argued by fans for years. Last August we were close to seeing them finally fight at Affliction “Trilogy”, but Josh Barnet failed a pre-fight drug test for banned substances.

Now MMARecap.com is reporting that sources from DREAM have informed them that the fight is in the works for a cross-promotion event with StrikeForce this February.

What makes sense about the Rumor

  • Josh Barnett can not fight Fedor in the U.S due to his current 1 year ban from the CSAC for the banned substance, fighting in Japan may be his only option for a long time.
  • Fedor Emelianenko needs options for a second opponent under his StrikeForce contract and a fight against Barnett in Japan would draw a lot of interest.
  • Fedor has made it clear he wants to fight in Japan again and we know he has wanted to fight Barnett for a long time.
  • Lets be honest, there is not testing in Japan, there for no chance Barnett will test positive for a banned substance again.

What does not make sense about the Rumor

  • The CSAC and the rest of the U.S sanctioning bodies may issue a life time ban against Barnett like they did to Antonio “Big Foot” Silva when he wanted to fight for Sengoku during his suspension.
  • StrikeForce knows Barnett is a big risk and also a controversial figure in the sport, they will probably not want negative publicity by promoting a event with Barnett.
  • StrikeForce may also suffer the wrath of the CSAC is some way shape or form for promotion a fight with Josh Barnett.
  • This is too crazy to be true!

I will let you decide for yourself on this rumor, but it will take a lot to make this fight happen. Barnett is often blamed by fans for the collapse of Affliction and has now tested positive twice for steroids in the biggest fights of his career, which may generate a lot of backlash from fans, critics and the media.

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  1. Fedor is legendNov 17, 2009 at 12:29 amReply

    This is absolutely a crock of steaming pile of Dog shit on top of some elephant shit wrapped in a bigger pile of shit

  2. HellbowNov 17, 2009 at 12:42 amReply

    IDK this could happen now that M1 is running the whole show when ever Fedor fights

  3. ShadowNov 17, 2009 at 12:47 amReply

    Barney is a loser after Fedor is done with him he can fuck off and retire

  4. BigTayoNov 17, 2009 at 1:24 amReply

    Barnett is a bigger challenge then Alstair Overeem. Fedor will knock his big slow ass out quick. I would rather see this matchup then any other competitors Strikeforce has to offer.

    • HellboiNov 17, 2009 at 2:03 amReply

      Agreed but there is going to be hell to pay if Fedor losses and does it under Dream no one will ever believe Barnett was clean and Dana is going to lean on the Csac and Nsac big time

  5. supersteveDec 1, 2009 at 9:17 pmReply

    barnett would beat fedor in one round. fedor is highly overated. barnetts gnp would be fedors loss.

  6. L daddyDec 4, 2009 at 10:04 pmReply

    supersteve you clearly have the iq of a door if you think fedor is overated. barrnett is an amazing fighter and this would be a great fight!

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