The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified UFC heavyweight Joshua Lawrence Barnett of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on December 9.
Barnett, the American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC, has a history of failed drug tests. The inaugural and current Metamoris Heavyweight Champion previously failed an anti-doping test for a metabolite of Drostanolone before his fight against the then ranked number one Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction’s 3rd event Affliction: Trilogy.
In 2002, he tested positive for a steroid following his victory over then-champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 36 after he became the new and youngest-ever UFC Heavyweight Champion. Barnett had won the fight via TKO after using the ground and pound technique.
The 39-year-old last fought Andrei Arlovski in September that he won via third-round submission. Barnett has fought only three times since 2014.
Rated number 6 in the official UFC Heavyweight rankings, Josh Barnett made his professional debut in early 1997. Competing for United Full Contact Federation, Barnett reached a 9-0 record with seven first-round stoppages and was invited to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The King of Pancrase Openweight Championship made his UFC debut against Gan “The Giant” McGee at UFC 28 and won via TKO in the second round. He tested positive for banned substances after his fight with Bobby Hoffman and was given a warning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.