Controversial heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett is set to revive his career in Japan after signing a new deal with the DREAM promotion.

The news comes from MMAWeekly, who say that an official announcement will be made in the coming days.

Barnett remains a major threat in the heavyweight division, though his reputation has been damaged after receiving the second positive steroid test of his career prior to his fight with Fedor Emelianenko last year – causing the bout to be scrapped.

He hasn’t fought since, and after failing to turn up for several hearings in California regarding his test results he appears to have now retreated back to Japan where he has previously fought for promotions such as PRIDE, and more recently Sengoku.

It is believed that Barnett will make his debut at DREAM 13 on March 22nd against an opponent that is still to be confirmed at this stage.

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