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Illness forces Josh Barnett to delay fight week

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Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Josh Barnett's fight week started a little later than the rest of Saturday night's Strikeforce fighters.

According to Barnett's manager Leland LaBarre, the heavyweight wasn't feeling well enough to fly to Oklahoma City Tuesday due to what he described as "a little congestion."

LaBarre said Barnett had to get clearance to fly from his doctor on Wednesday, who determined "The Warmaster" was healthy enough to travel. As a result, Barnett flew to Oklahoma City Thursday morning. Typically, North American Zuffa fighters are scheduled to fly to an event on Tuesday for a Saturday night fight.

"He's ready and excited for Saturday night," LaBarre said.

Barnett (31-6) faces the relatively unknown Nandor Guelmino (11-3-1) Saturday night in the final Strikeforce event. He is a currently listed as a 15:1 favorite.

This fight marks the final one on Barnett's current contract, and LaBarre said his client has yet to decide where he will fight next.