Barnett Explains Decision to join Strikeforce 0 105

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Barnett admits that if he signed a long-term deal with Dream that it would limit the possibility of going back to Pancrase or Sengoku. He would like the option to fight for both of them in the future if opportunities arise.

Right now though, Barnett is focused on his career with Strikeforce. He also talked about the exposure that working with a group like Strikeforce gives him, and fighting on Showtime and possibly CBS definitely played a big part in his decision.

“It matters big time,” Barnett commented about the visibility of his fights. “Cause when I dislocate and tear somebody’s head completely off their shoulders and spew blood all over the ring, and then drink it, I want the whole world to see it.

“I’d love to fight on CBS. Punch somebody so hard that their eyeballs pop out of their head.”

As far as timing, nothing has been discussed as of yet for Barnett’s debut, although the “Baby Faced Assassin” would likely end up fighting before the end of 2010. He’s got plenty on his plate to keep him busy until then, and he also believes it’s going to take some convincing by Strikeforce to find anyone willing to step in the cage with him.

“We haven’t really hit on any solid dates yet or anything like that, or even opponents. For me right now, I’m getting ready for my pro wrestling match. I’m training and staying healthy and focusing on that. Then I’ve get Megumi Fujii’s fight at the end of this month, Sept. 30 in the semifinal round of Bellator. So I’ve definitely got plenty of stuff to keep me busy right now,” said Barnett.

“In due time. There’s not too many people all that chomping at the bit and so ready to meet their death.”

Several sources have stated Strikeforce has plans of a major show this year in December. Whether Barnett ends up being a part of that remains to be seen, but he will definitely be a major edition to the growing Strikeforce line-up.

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