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Josh Barnett’s Second Sample Also Positive For Steroid

Josh BarnettA second urine sample submitted by Josh Barnett, who was to headline Affliction: Trilogy on August 1 against Fedor Emelianenko, has also tested positive for Drostanolone, the same anabolic steroid detected in his “A” sample which forced him off the card earlier this month and ultimately caused the event to be canceled and the promotion to be folded.

Barnett has maintained his innocence in stating that he never knowingly took steroids and has vowed to appeal the positive test, but had hopes that the “B” sample would clear him rather than confirm the original result.

Because the positive test occured in the process of approving his license to fight in California, the Calfifornia State Athletic Comission cannot asses him a suspension or fine, though he’ll likely need to clear a future drug screening before being allowed to fight again in the United States.

The former UFC heavyweight champion, who has tested positive for steroids on two previous occasions, must now go through the formal appeals process with the CSAC if he hopes to clear his name.

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