Once again, Josh Barnett and the UFC are parting ways.
On Wednesday, MMAJunkie reported that Barnett had been released by the UFC, but speaking to ESPN, Barnett stressed that he had not yet been let go by the promotion but was currently in negotiations with the organization for his release and had no bad feelings towards the company.
“It’s true that I have asked for my release and we are discussing the terms now,” Barnett said. “Zuffa has been fantastic and above-board since I re-signed with the company. Every promise made has been kept and I have no disparaging words for them.”
Barnett also said that he is seeking his release due to the role of USADA in the UFC and his mistrust in the drug-testing agency. Barnett failed an out-of-competition USADA test in December of 2016, and despite putting forth evidence that the failure was a result of a tainted supplement, USADA still had designs on suspending the former champion. Barnett took the issue to arbitration and became the first fighter to not get any kind of suspension since USADA started leading the UFC’s anti-doping program in 2015. That victory was not enough to make “The Warmaster” feel comfortable enough to return to operating under the yoke of USADA.
“After everything I went through with USADA, and my vindication in that case, I don’t feel comfortable giving the control necessary to USADA that would continue my career in the UFC,” Barnett said.
Barnett has had a rocky road with drug testing. During his first stint with the UFC, Barnett became one of the first fighters to fail a drug test, testing positive for banned substances ahead of his fight with Bobby Hoffman at UFC 34. He only received a reprimand but in his next fight, his title winning victory over Randy Couture at UFC 36, Barnett once again failed a drug test and was ultimately stripped of his UFC heavyweight championship. He also tested positive for an anabolic steroid in 2009, scrapping a scheduled fight with Fedor Emelianenko for the Affliction organization.
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CES 50 highlights.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Welcoming in the new era.
This is nice from the UFC.
Jon isn’t having it.
what have you done for me lately? Let’s just be real and stop asking this question https://t.co/Tw3FcpH3bK— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 20, 2018
If he’s in the conversation does that make me the motherfucking man? https://t.co/cEnNRayEus— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 20, 2018
Man I can’t wait to get my job back and slap somebody https://t.co/qhS7kLZW7S— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 20, 2018
David Branch call out. I like the fight.
Let’s make this fight happen Jacare Now is the time we where supposed to do this already now let’s just gets this thing over with my brother and put this behind us by fighting each other. You have to fight me ain’t no more doors only me. @ufc @danawhite @mickmaynard2 @aliabdelaziz000 live and direct from @davidbranchjiujitsu If you are a real gladiator then all roads lead to the octagon We must do battle @ronaldojacare so that the dust may settle.
Let me know # @AlexaBliss_WWE if you need help training Judo takedown and armbar defense!— Cris Cyborg #CyborgNation (@criscyborg) June 20, 2018
Moving on up.
Picking a fight.
When you look at it, Blaydes has been putting together an excellent resume.
See what you’re missing out on.
Greg Rebello (24-8) vs. Angel DeAnda (18-6); Tuesday Night Contender Series; June 26.
Kaitlin Young (7-9-1) vs. Reina Miura (9-1); Rizin 12, Aug. 12.
Yusuke Yachi (20-6) vs. Bruno Carvalho (10-5); Rizin 12, Aug. 12.
Hatsu Hioki (29-11-2) vs. Mikuru Asakura (4-2); Rizin 12, Aug. 12.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2008: Amir Sadollah submitted C.B. Dollaway (again) to win season seven of The Ultimate Fighter.
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