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Josh Barnett: “I never once thought there would be a problem” with pre-fight drug test

Josh BarnettJosh Barnett, who was forced out of his Affliction: Trilogy headliner against Fedor Emelianenko after testing positive for steroids, has issued a statement via MySpace regarding the failed test:

“Many of you are wondering what’s happening. What I can say is that when applying for my license, the CSAC asked for me to submit a urine sample for testing prior to granting my license as they do with everyone, I believe.

It was not a random test. I had no reason to believe there would be any issues and went in to submit my sample at the earliest possible opportunity on June 25. I never once thought there would be a problem.

My representatives and I are working to gather as much info as possible and handle this situation as best we can. I am embarrassed and want for nothing more than to resolve this issue and receive a license from the State of California as I have done many times already and for other states as well.

I am very thankful for all the great family, friends and fans that still support me.”

A replacement has still not been named to replace Barnett and fight Fedor in the August 1 main event.

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