Josh Barnett (pictured) appears to be back to his old cheating tricks. On Tuesday, the UFC was notified that the heavyweight was flagged for potentially failing an out-of-competition drug test.
“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,” the UFC expressed in an official statement.
“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.”
Neither the UFC nor the USADA revealed what substance(s) was discovered in Barnett’s system. Regardless, he won’t be getting the benefit of any doubt.
Barnett is one of the biggest cheaters in MMA history. Prior to today, Barnett had flunked three drug tests (2001, 2002 and 2009) during his 20-year mixed martial arts career.
His second failed exam cost him his UFC heavyweight title, while his last unsuccessful screening caused Affliction Entertainment to go belly up.
Under the UFC’s drug policy, first-time offenders for performance-enhancing drug will receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance.” The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Marijuana and other recreational drugs are only be tested in-competition. These failed screenings will result in a one-year suspension, two years for aggravating circumstance. The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Barnett has alternated between wins and losses over his past five outings. He was last seen in September submitting Andrei Arlovski.