The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that Josh Barnett is the latest fighter who has been flagged by USADA, for a potential anti-doping violation.
According to a statement the UFC has issued, Barnett has been flagged due to the results of a December 9th, out-of-competition test. The 39 year-old heavyweight hasn’t fought since September when he submitted Andrei Arlovski.
Here is the complete UFC statement:
The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Josh Barnett of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 9, 2016.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Barnett has been tested numerous times in recent years without issue, but earlier in his career the “Warmaster” did test positive for banned substances, including a 2009 positive test for steroids.