After 13 months in career limbo, Josh Barnettis fed up with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Barnett, 40, told MMAjunkie he won’t agree to any settlements offered by the UFC’s anti-doping partner as a resolution to his alleged drug violation in December 2016.
As a result, the Barnett (35-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC) expects USADA to hand down the most severe punishment: a four-year suspension for two-time offenders.
“I end up no matter what at the mercy of USADA,” the veteran UFC heavyweight said. “And to be honest, I don’t trust them in any way, shape or form. I have no interest to work with them or be a part of their program.
“I would be willing to do anything else but work with USADA at this point. When you can’t trust someone, what are you supposed to do? Continue to give them the opportunity to break your trust? They don’t seem responsible enough to have oversight over my career.”
USADA did not immediately answer a request for comment; MMAjunkie will update this story with any response from the UFC anti-doping partner.
USADA flagged Barnett and placed him under temporary suspension on Dec. 9, 2016 after he failed an out-of-competition drug test. Barnett said the test came back positive for ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that mimics anabolic agents and is banned year-round.
The substance has repeatedly shown up in the positive drug tests by UFC fighters. UFC welterweight Tim Means received a reduced suspension when he traced ostarine back to a tainted supplement. UFC women’s strawweight Amanda Ribas received a two-year term despite a similar defense.