Josh Barnett has failed a random PED test, this according to various sources who have reported the former UFC Heavyweight Champion has been flagged for a potential “USADA Violation.” This marks the approximately 500th time that Barnett has failed a drug test during his career.
He’s a winner.
OK. In reality, this is only his third failed test. Only… His last fight was a win over Andrei Arlovski in a bout that was really damn entertaining.
This was the official announcement by the UFC:
“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.”
While this would normally be a career death sentence for a 39 year old, given that USADA appears to be doling out punishments in a completely random nature, and that Barnett has failed time and again and still fights, let’s all predict he steps in for Cain in a few days and fights the now fight-less Werdum.