Josh Barnett issued a bulletin earlier today directing everyone to his blog on MySpace in which he announced that he is now a free agent and can legally negotiate with any fight promotion in the world.
Here’s Barnett’s message:
The time has finally arrived to unleash the power of pro wrestling again on the MMA world. That’s right, I am finally free from my former contract and open to hearing all offers. Great news for sure and coincidently just on the heels of my last blog explaining why I wasn’t fighting. Somewhere I think I just heard a star imploding.
Of course the first thoughts are: will I or won’t I fight in the UFC? Truthfully, I have spoken with Dana and Lorenzo recently and the UFC is well aware that I have no beef with them. There are no personal issues keeping me from signing with the UFC. I just have not received any offers from them yet.
Many have seen me on Bodog and may think I am automatically headed to or signed with them. While I have a good relationship with the promoters and have two fighters fighting next season, I have not signed any deals with Bodog.
I am looking to get back in the game and I want to be with a promotion that treats me as a valuable part of the organization. I hope I can find that kind of place this time around, not just for my sake but for all of my fans worldwide as well.
Now…who’s ready to see somebody get buried into the canvas?
The former UFC heavyweight champion and Pride heavyweight title contender had stated previously that he was under contract to Dream Stage Entertainment (the former owner of Pride) until October. The inside word was that Barnett had been trying to get DSE to release him from his contract early after EliteXC had tried to schedule him to fight Sergei Kharitonov at the Dynamite USA!! show in LA on June. It is believed the commission rejected the fight because Barnett was still under contract to DSE.
With his latest MySpace blog entry it would appear that Barnett was successful in getting his release. He automatically becomes one of the top free agents on the open market and will attract interest from all of the major promotions.