Josh Barnett didn’t fail a steroid test just once, he failed twice. As is customary when drug testing, athletes are required to give two urine samples to ensure accuracy. As it was reported yesterday, Barnett’s B-sample also came up positive for the synthetic steroid Drostanolone. When FanHouse spoke to Barnett, his responses were very short. “I have to just sit back and wait,” Barnett said.
Although he was unsure as to how he and his team were going to approach and fight the positive tests, Barnett did say he was going to contest the results. “I have people working on it,” Barnett confirmed.
At the age of 31, Barnett may have thrown away his best chance of becoming a major MMA superstar by losing his title shot against the world’s greatest heavyweight in Fedor Emelianenko.
Barnett was scheduled to face Emelianenko tonight at “Affliction: Trilogy” but instead he’ll be preparing for an upcoming pro wrestling match in Japan.
This was Barnett’s second positive test. He also failed a drug test back in 2002 when he became the youngest UFC heavyweight champion. At the time, he had tested positive for three separate steroids: Boldenone metabolite, Fluoxymesterone metabolite and Nandrolone metabolite.