UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett has been informed of a potential anti-doping violation by USADA from an out-of-competition test conducted in early December. The UFC released the following statement on Tuesday:
“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 last competed in September when he submitted fellow former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski in the third round of their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 93 in Germany. Barnett was awarded “Performance of the Night” honors, and both competitors took home “Fight of the Night” honors as well.
Prior to that Barnett was submitted by Ben Rothwell via gogo choke at UFC on FOX 18 in January. “The Warmaster” is currently 3-2 in what is his second stint in the UFC and holds the number six spot on the UFC’s official heavyweight rankings.
The 39-year-old Seattle native originally won the UFC heavyweight title by knocking out Randy Couture at UFC 36 in 2002. However, Barnett was stripped of the title shortly afterward due to a failed drug test.
This latest incident could find him sidelined with a suspension for up to a year or more.