Barnett Fails Out-of-Competition Drug Test

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett of a potential positive test for banned substances, according to a Tuesday press release from the promotion. An out-of-competition test on Dec. 9 is what has yielded the positive test result for a banned substance.

This would be the fourth failed drug test of Barnett’s career. The 39-year-old has been in the UFC for longer than most heavyweights, and his record of popping positive started back at UFC 34. Then in 2002 he beat Randy Couture for the heavyweight title, but the lost the belt after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Barnett’s last failed drug test (before this one) came ahead of a planned super-fight with heavyweight legend Fedor Emilianenko at Affliction: Trilogy in 2009. When the fight was cancelled because Barnett tested positive, the promotion went under and was out of business shortly after.

Barnett last fought at UFC: Hamburg in September, defeating Andrei Arlovski by third-round submission.

It has yet to be revealed what substance Barnett tested positive for, as USADA conducts its investigation and decides on a sanction for Barnett.

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