Bounced from perhaps the most important fight of his career by a
failed California State Athletic Commission drug test, former UFC
heavyweight champion Josh Barnett
faced the music.
The CSAC this week denied the 31-year-old a license for his
scheduled bout against Fedor
Emelianenko at Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 at the Honda
Center in Anaheim, Calif. The positive test for a banned
performance enhancer left the show without its main event and left
many to question’s Barnett’s place in the sport. He issued a
statement on his MySpace page on Thursday.
“My representatives and I are working to gather as much info as
possible and handle this situation as best as we can,” Barnett
said. “I am embarrassed and want nothing more than to resolve this
issue and receive a license from the state of California, as I have
done many times already and for other states, as well. I am very
thankful for all the great family, friends and fans that still
Barnett’s test was positive for
2a-methyl-5a-androstan-3a-ol-17-one, according to the CSAC, which
learned of the results Tuesday and informed promoters Affliction
Entertainment and M-1 Global that the heavyweight’s showdown with
Emelianenko would not be approved.
The CSAC said Barnett’s test was “observed in the presence of a
CSAC representative and the sample was sent to the World
Anti-doping Agency test facility” at UCLA.
“When applying for my license, the CSAC asked for me to submit a
urine sample for testing prior to granting my license, as they do
with everyone, I believe,” Barnett said. “It was not a random test.
I had no reason to believe there would be any issues and went in to
submit my sample at the earliest possible opportunity on June 25. I
never once thought there would be a problem.”
Barnett was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic
Commission in 2002 due to a post-fight urinalysis that revealed the
presence of three anabolic agents (Boldenone metabolite,
Fluoxymesterone metabolite and Nandrolone metabolite) in his body
when he defeated Randy
Couture to win the title. Barnett denied using the anabolic
steroids and challenged the NSAC’s testing protocol.