Barnett's Appeal To The CSAC To Be Heard Oct. 26

by J. Andrew Yount | source:

Josh Barnett’s Appeal To The CSAC To Be Heard October 26

After rumors and reports began circling in late July that Josh Barnett had failed a drug test in preparation for his August 1 bout at Affliction/M-1 Global’s Trilogy event against Fedor Emelianenko, Affliction MMA head, Tom Atencio, confirmed that Barnett had indeed been denied a license to fight by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). While Atencio had said that the "Trilogy" event was still on as scheduled, the event was subsequently scrapped, and Affliction quickly bowed out of the fight promotion business.

Now the man at the center of the debacle that was Affliction's not-to-be "Trilogy" event will finally get his day in court. Josh Barnett is scheduled to have his appeal heard on the denial of his license by the California State Athletic Commission on Monday, October 26, 2009, in Los Angeles.

Barnett's June 25 drug test came back positive for 2a-methyl-5a-androstan-3a-ol-17-one, an anabolic steroid. The CSAC learned of the results July 21 and immediately denied a license for Barnett. After hearing of the denial Barnett quickly proclaimed his innocence and filed an appeal. Now, three months later the commission will hear that appeal. It is expected that Barnett's case will rely heavily on the results from his "B" sample that was collected at the same time as the sample that was found to be positive.

The CSAC is among the toughest drug testing standards of any Athletic Commission in the country. It is the only commission that requires drug tests to be observed in the presence of a commission representative prior to a bout.

Whether or not Barnett's denied license is overturned, the damage has more than been done. His opportunity to face Fedor Emelianenko is likely gone, along with the big pay day that would have accompanied his bout with Emelianenko. Sponsors and other potential high-profile fights have also likely turned their back on 'The Baby-Faced Assassin'. Not to mention all the carnage left behind from Affliction's demise.

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Immaculata site profile image  

10/23/09 7:39 PM by Immaculata

I wish Josh the best.

lastcall site profile image  

10/23/09 7:38 PM by lastcall

Hopefully he'll come up with a better defense than the one he used when he got caught after the Couture fight.

bradlabo site profile image  

10/23/09 7:29 PM by bradlabo

I doubt he wins this.

orcus site profile image  

10/23/09 11:06 AM by orcus

 Why is he appealing? I thought since he wasn't suspended, he could just apply for a license again and if he tested clean that was it. Is this just in an attempt to clear his name?

blue63 site profile image  

10/23/09 11:06 AM by blue63

Josh's career in MMA

armbarring site profile image  

10/23/09 10:44 AM by armbarring

waste of time imo.

Clint07 site profile image  

10/23/09 10:15 AM by Clint07

Agreed. You could prove your innocence 100% and they would find a way to ignore it an suspend you anyways.

Poindexter site profile image  

10/23/09 8:35 AM by Poindexter

 What's over?

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

10/23/09 6:44 AM by ChokeEmOut

 Why appeal to those cocksuckers at the CSAC? A waste of time. 

FCFBlazer site profile image  

10/23/09 5:41 AM by FCFBlazer

It's over


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