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Josh Barnett Informed of Possible USADA Violation

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Josh Barnett Informed of Possible USADA Violation

The number 6 UFC Heavyweight Josh Barnett has been informed of a possible USADA Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out of competition sample on December 9.

Barnett has been tested 13 times this year, according to USADA public testing records, likely stemming from his history of PED troubles.

Barnett has failed three drug tests for performance enhancing drugs throughout his near 20-year MMA career.

The 39 year old’s first positive test came after his rematch against Bobby Hoffman at UFC 34, after which he was given a warning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was much more lenient on doping sentences in 2001.

His second test came after his very next fight, which happened to be when the the then 24 year old Barnett defeated Randy Couture to become the youngest ever UFC Heavyweight champion. He test positive for anabolic steroids and was stripped of the title, but was again not suspended.

Barnett’s most famous test came in summer 2009, when Barnett was scheduled to fight Fedor Emelianenko in a dream match of two of PRIDE’s most dominant stars and likely the two best Heavyweight fighters in the world at the time at a show that looked to put the young Affliction MMA on the map. Barnett tested positive again for anabolic steroids and was pulled from the card. Affliction Entertainment, even with the backing of Affliction Clothing and majority stakeholder Donald Trump, closed soon after with no marquee matchup for their biggest show.

Barnett’s original coach Jim Harrison claimed responsibility for his star student’s original failure, as he gave all of his fighters, including Barnett, a supplement that contained DHEA, a steroid hormone that he didn’t know would register as a steroid. Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids the two times after that.

“The Warmaster” could face a serious suspension if the 4th violation is proven, with some speculating a minimum of two years, making him 41 when the suspension is up.

More on this as it develops.

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