Josh Barnett Apologizes to Former Affliction VP Tom Atencio

Written by Tom Ngo
August 19th, 2009

Well after you take down an entire MMA organization, all you can do is apologize. Following his positive pre-fight drug test for his “Affliction: Trilogy”  bout against Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett has been pretty much invisible. However, former Affliction Entertainment VP Tom Atencio states that he and the fallen heavyweight have already made amends.

“I’ve spoken with him since and he apologized and, like I said, I even told him it would have been nice to have known ahead of time so I could have at least prepared,” Atencio told MMAWeekly Radio. “We just did not have the time to re-market whoever was coming up. We could not have changed the commercials for all the pay-per-view providers. We could not have risked the fact that somebody ordered it thinking that Barnett vs. Fedor was the main event.”

Click here if you want a complete recap of Affliction Entertainment’s demise. We aren’t going to beat this dead horse anymore …

It looks like Barnett will now be headed overseas to fight for Japan’s popular mixed martial arts promotion, World Victory Road.

Japan is not required to abide by any fines or suspensions handed down to fighters outside of their country. However, WVR director Takahiro Kokuho, recently stated that although they are looking to ink Barnett for their November 7th card, they would definitely adhere to their Commission’s drug testing policies. They use the same anti-doping agency that is seen at the Olympics.

“If Josh Barnett gets caught in our doping control tests, we absolutely must deal with it,” Kokuho stated in no uncertain terms.

The California State Athletic Commission has not ruled on Barnett’s case as of yet, however, if Barnett opts to fight in the Orient, it’s likely to tic off the CSAC even further, which could result in them adding additional time to Barnett’s suspension when and if he tries to apply for a license again in the States.

We probably don’t have to be worrying about that too much right now as there aren’t many that are willing to take a chance on the multi-time roider. Perhaps a few impressive W’s in Japan might spark up some interest again, but we’ll see.

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