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Josh Barnett scheduled to headline new Impact Fighting Championships on July 10 in Australia

Former UFC heavyweight champion and Pride standout Josh Barnett will return to action in a bout with Brazilian slugger Geronimo dos Santos on July 10 in Brisbane, Australia. The match-up will headline a brand new promotion called Impact Fighting Championships.

A recent report making its rounds on the web via Brazilian MMA site Tatame stated the match-up would happen under the Strikeforce banner; however this blunder was quickly rectified by all parties involved and posted on Tatame later the same day.

“I’m sorry, I was wrong,” said dos Santos. “I signed the contract, the fight will be against Josh Barnett, but it’ll be at Impact MMA, a new event in Australia… If I win I’ll sign with Strikeforce, I’m so thrilled that I said everything wrong.”

Dos Santos (17-8-0) plies his trade in Brazilian regional shows and has won eight out of his last nine fights.

Barnett (25-5-0) has won his last five on the trot, most recently submitting Mighty Mo with a first round kimura at Dream 13 in Japan. Despite holding impressive victories over the likes of Randy Couture and Minotoro Nogueira, his reputation has taken a battering lately after testing positive for anabolic steroids in July 2009.

The Impact FC card will be offered live on pay-per-view in North America.

9 COMMENTS
  • Guthookd says:

    Josh by murder in the first round.

    How much is the PPV selling for and who else is on the card? If they get Don Frye and Bas Rutten to fight I’ll buy it.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Yea I figured when I read this elswhere that SF was in no shape to be putting on a show in Australia… with Josh Barnett no less… but then again something in my mind said wait we are talking about SF logic here… Josh gets the win but doesn’t help his cause anyway…

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Yea I figured when I read this elswhere that SF was in no shape to be putting on a show in Australia… with Josh Barnett no less… but then again something in my mind said wait we are talking about SF logic here… Josh gets the winbut doesn’t help his cause anyway…  

    its like your reading my mind

  • hindsightufuk says:

    cool, much as everyone hates Josh, i still enjoy watching him.

  • blue says:

    I’ll assume Australia doesn’t test for anabolic steroids .

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    hopefully scaredy-douche stays down there.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Guthooked, even at this age I would pay to see Bas fight anybody, but I heard Dan Severn just won his 93rd fight so maybe they could get him in there also.

  • retrofitting123 says:

    hes luck its not “junior” dos santos

  • Kuch says:

    *Yawn*

    Josh Barnett…does he fight or something?

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