MMAWeekly is reporting that Strikeforce is in negotiations with Josh Barnett:
Sources put Barnett in the midst of ongoing negotiations with Strikeforce, but like Huerta, the two sides have yet to reach agreement on compensation.
There's no question that Josh Barnett is one of the best heavyweights in mixed martial arts when he's not getting caught for steroids. His issue with the CSAC is still ongoing for testing positive for steroids before his scheduled fight with #1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. While adding Barnett to the mix would bring that baggage, it would also give the Strikeforce division more depth along with a capable challenger to both Overeem and Emelianenko. However, as the quote above suggests, he'll come with a pretty hefty price if he does agree to fight for Strikeforce. So at 32 years old, with negative steroid baggage, a high price tag, and unresolved issues with the CSAC, should Strikeforce sign the MMA veteran? His career record in MMA is (24-5) with three of those losses coming to Mirko Cro Cop, one to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and lastly Pedro Rizzo in which Barnett has avenged by KO.