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Josh Barnett 'had no reason to believe there would be any issues' with pre-fight drug 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 25th. 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 as 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."

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett responds after the California State Athletic Commission denied him a license to fight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction 3 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 1, after testing positive for anabolic steroids in a pre-fight drug test. While Affliction officials scramble to find his replacement for "Trilogy," Barnett plans to file an appeal and is awaiting the results of his second sample, currently being tested to either uphold or call into question the original results. "The Babyface Assassin" certainly does not have the court of public opinion on his side after testing positive for anabolic steroids and getting stripped of the UFC heavyweight title back in 2002. But conversely, the CSAC doesn't have the greatest reputation either. It's a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.

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