Barnett anti-doping test flagged

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The UFC reports that UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett, 39, failed an out-of-competition test given on December 9.

The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Josh Barnett of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 9, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

This was the first PED test failure for The Warmaster. Or the second. Or the third.

Barnett received a warning for failing a test after beating Bobby Hoffman at UFC 32 in 2001. In his next fight, Barnett won the UFC heavyweight championship, defeating Bobby Hoffmann, but again failed a test and was stripped of the belt.

Seven years later in 2009, Barnett was scheduled to fight his friend Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction 3. The California State Athletic Commission pulled Barnett from the fight ten days beforehand over a failed test for a metabolite of drostanolone. That led to the cancellation of the event, and the end of Affliction’s efforts in the MMA promotion space.

There is no word on what Barnett failed the test for this time, but as noted, further information will be made available in time.