UFC Heavyweight Josh Barnett Notified of Potential Anti-Doping Violation

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 27, 2016


The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Tuesday notified Josh Barnett of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Dec. 9.

As usual, USADA will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of the case moving forward. The substance for which Barnett tested positive was not revealed. The UFC heavyweight will be entitled to a full legal review process before any sanctions are imposed.

The 39-year-old “Warmaster” has a history of failed drug tests over the course of his career. He twice tested positive for banned substances during an earlier Octagon tenure, including a positive test that resulted in him being stripped of the UFC heavyweight title. Later, Barnett was scheduled to face Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Trilogy” before the bout was canceled after the Washington native tested positive for steroids.

Barnett returned to the UFC in 2013 and has posted a 3-2 mark during his current stint. He last appeared at UFC Fight Night 93, where he earned a five-round verdict over Andrei Arlovski on Sept. 3.

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