Josh Barnett will likely be unable to fight Fedor Emelianenko on August 1 in the main event of Affliction: Trilogy after the California State Athletic Commission reportedly failed to license Barnett for the fight for what is being called a “positive test result.”
Sherdog was first to report the news early-Wednesday citing multiple sources, with Affliction not responding to requests for comment and the CSAC expected to issue a statement later today.
Barnett told Sherdog that he hadn’t yet heard anything about being ineligible for the fight.
According to the report, middleweight Vitor Belfort, who is scheduled to fight Jorge Santiago on the pay-per-view card, has agreed in principle to fight Fedor in place of Barnett. Belfort, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and heavyweight tournament winner, has won four-straight fights overall, including back-to-back middleweight wins over Terry Martin and Matt Lindland.
Heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley is also under consideration as a replacement, but Lashley told Sherdog he didn’t know if he would accept the fight with Fedor on such short notice.
[Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett]