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Josh Barnett Says He'll Fight in 2010

MMA heavyweight Josh Barnett says he's planning to return from a second positive steroid test to resume his MMA career in 2010.

Barnett made the comments during an interview on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo.

"Definitely something's going to happen this year," Barnett said.

Barnett tested positive for steroids in June 2009 during a test to renew his California fighter's license. The outcome changed the course of MMA history, as Barnett, who was scheduled to fight Fedor Emelianenko at July's Affliction III, was unable to compete, and Affliction eventually canceled the show and close their promotion.

The 32-year-old has a career record of 32-5, and holds wins over notables including Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Pedro Rizzo.

But while Barnett seemed confident he would return during the calendar year, he didn't seem quite as sure about where he'd end up. He confirmed he'd talked to Strikeforce, but declined to give any details on their talks.

"As soon as any promotion out there stops bull----ing and comes correct, that's all," Barnett responded when asked when he'd fight again. "If they want me to fight, all they got to do is step up to the plate, throw me an opportunity and don't put something in front of me that's a slap in my face or ridiculous."

Barnett is still considered by some MMA outlets to be a top 10 heavyweight despite not fighting in over one year and despite his past issues. Barnett also tested positive in 2002, after beating Couture for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 36. He was stripped of the title and never again fought in the UFC.