With Strikeforce in the process of planning a last-ditch effort for the promotion’s return to the airwaves in January, it stands to reason that the organization would want to book its biggest stars in hopes of drumming up enough interest to keep things going beyond the event instead of folding as many fans expect. Among Strikeforce’s limited number of premier talents is Josh Barnett, a heavyweight veteran with a ton of success and an uncanny understanding of how to promote a fight through media.

However, according to Barnett, he still hasn’t been approached about the possibility of fighting on the January card even though he’s still got his fingers crossed a match-up will materialize.

“We’re still going steady. They’re wearing my letterman’s jacket around town, but I have this feeling they might be looking to head elsewhere. I mean, I don’t know – I think I’m a pretty good boyfriend,” joked Barnett in an interview with Inside MMA, confirming he was currently without a clash.

“I’m looking forward to fighting sometime in January for Strikeforce and giving all the fans that have been following me on Showtime and Strikeforce exactly what they expect,” added Barnett, trying to remain positive about the prospect of a pairing. “I really do expect that to happen.”

Barnett was last seen in a May match-up with Daniel Cormier where he saw an eight-fight winning streak snapped after falling in an entertaining, hard-fought five-round decision. He holds an overall record of 31-6 including 26 stoppages and success against the likes of Jeff Monson, Sergei Kharitonov, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.