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Not Again! Josh Barnett tests positive for steroids

josh_barnettJosh Barnett has tested positive for the use of steroids for the second time in his professional fighting career and will not be allowed to compete in his expected heavyweight clash against Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction Trilogy“.

It had been reported that Barnett was scratched from the card earlier today due to failing a drug test, and the news of his test coming back positive for steroids was recently revealed by Mike Straka from Fox Fight Game.

It is expected that the positive testing for steroids will come with a lengthy suspension from competition in the United States for Barnett.

This was the first time that the California State Athletic Commission has held out of competition testing.

An opponent for Fedor Emelianenko is currently being sought. Possible opponents for “The Last Emperor” currently include Vitor Belfort, Brett Rogers, Ricardo Arona and Bobby Lashley.

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  • Guess Barnett thought he’d have enough time to get flushed out like he did for the first two Affliction cards.

    Yes, I am assuming he has been on ‘roids since “beating” Couture in 2002.

    Two positive tests in his last four US fights… absolutely fucking ridiculous.

  • edub says:


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Since this is the first time CA has tested fighters befor a fight maybe Barnett thought he could slip whatever he took in and did not realize he would be tested so soon.

  • Reports are coming out that it wasn’t a random out of competition testing but rather a test Barnett took to renew his license in CA. A test Barnett setup the appointment for.

    If this is the case, Barnett’s a bigger fucking idiot than I originally thought.

  • munche says:

    This makes me sad as both a Barnett fan and as a fight fan who was looking forward to next week’s card. Honestly, it looks like Barnett is back to Japan after this. Sad.

    Not to mention whoever they get to fight Fedor on a week’s notice will get even more demolished than normal

  • mac wilson says:

    Lets give Fedor Bobby Lashley just to see how he does. I don’t think they would do that.

    I wonder if it will affect thier friendship seeing how Barnett was juicing for Fedor. I’m sure Fedor doesn’t approve of cheating.

  • Cory Brady says:

    This really sucks for Fedor too. Sure, he’s “The Baddest Man On The Planet” but he is still going to have to adjust his game on a weeks notice to fight someone different than who he was training for. Whoever ends up fighting Fedor, it’s a win-win situation. If you lose, you only had a week to prepare for one of the most feared fighters in the world, if you win, well… you do the math.

  • aimres says:

    Too bad Overeem’s hand is broke of he would have been a perfect opponent.

  • shotokai_ says:

    Belfort.. please. Lashley.. please. I want a realistic main event if I’m going to buy this PPV.
    Yup Barnett has fucked over Affliction, Fedor and his future of ever fighting again in the US in one moronic swoop. It’s pretty obvious he will have been juicing his whole career, or most of it, in my opinion. Idiot.

  • freedom says:

    Tested positive for marijuana not steroids!

  • RoadsideGraphix says:

    What a joke if its true he tested for THC. I cant wait until the marijuana prohibition goes away.
    Its funny they dont test for alcohol…beer muscle are more dangerous then weed muscles for sure

  • redness says:

    it doesnt matter either way what he tested postive for. He a pro and making big money fighting the biggest fight of his life. I wouldnt give it up to blow a bone.

  • MMASwami says:

    Thanks for ruining 2 great match-ups and pretty much gutting this card Josh Barnett.

  • edub says:

    No fucking way. about the weed. Just no way.

    If they really wont license someone for testing positive for thc(in a state where medicinal marijuana is legal than that athletic commision needs to be gutted and re-staffed. Not to say all the commissions should be re-staffed IMO.


  • antone3x7 says:

    Vitor Belfort might be the best fighter they can move to fight Fedor, but that ruins a great matchup against Santiago. The rumor of Bobby Lashley is probably because Affliction wants a push for PPV buys. This is really a lose-lose for Fedor, a win-win for anyone who accepts the fight on short notice, and possibly a major loss for Affliction.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Maybe Barnett can use the Tim Sylvia excuse of ” I was just trying to lean up and lose my belly” I think we would be a little more understanding then.
    In response to Cory Brady’s comment yes it is hard on Fedor but he is the best fighter in the world for a reason, and if he wins here he just proves it again.

  • metalmulisha says:

    The irony in all of this is Barnett isn’t allowed to fight Fedor because of a positive test for steroids (apparently), but the guy who is most likely to take his place to fight Fedor has tested positive himself a few years back.

  • jasonah says:

    You are wrong! Marijuana is a Performance inhanching Drug, if there is a man in your way if theres a stack of cheese burgers on the other side of the cage.It seems like alot of fighters test positive in California.Are these just over the counter Supplements? anyway’s he been fighting for along time he should know better.”Josh the baby face Juicer Barnett”.

  • mu_shin says:

    The statement by the Californina State Athletic Commission said Barnett tested positive for drostanolone propianate, sold under the product name Masteron. Read on that drostanolone is a steroid used by body builders preparing for competition, and that it passes from the blood quickly, relative to other steroids, in about ten days. It enhances strength and explosive endurance, just what the doctor ordered for MMA.

    If Barnett thought he could pass a test to renew his license to fight in California, he must have thought he could clear in the the ten day time frame. Having tested positive for steroids in 2002, he would have to know that a second positive test would seriously jeopardize his MMA career. I’m thinking Barnett didn’t really want to fight Fedor in the first place, but to fail a test on purpose doesn’t make any kind of sense, so that leaves Barnett as an inept failure who knew he was outmatched, and who tried to gain an illegal advantage through steroids. Again…

  • edub says:

    Good comment Mu shin.

  • Patrickk says:

    I just can’t believe that this is happening right now in this business. It is ridiculous. If you can’t win the real and pure way, they why even fight? This goes back to the old Japanese movies, it’s a true martial artist thing to stay pure. Josh Barnett, you disgust me!

  • Barnett is such a Japanophile, he should perform hari kari and spill his worthless guts onto the floor.

    Then maybe… MAYBE I won’t hate him as much.

  • Bullylover says:

    and barnett said he would kill his mother for this fight, shame, shame. Looks like the barnett/fedor fight will never happen.Damn barnett i hope your testies shrink to the size of a penny for ruining this fight for us fans.


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