According to Sherdog.com, multiple sources have confirmed that the scheduled championship fight for the WAMMA Heavyweight Title at Affliction: Trilogy will not be happening on August 1st. The bout, scheduled for the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett has been canceled due to a possible drug test failure from the challenger.
The report noted that the California State Athletic Commission will deny a license to Josh Barnett after a positive test result from a pre-bout examination performed three weeks ago. The CSAC said a comprehensive statement would be issued Wednesday.
Barnett, a former UFC heavyweight Champion, was mired in controversy after the last time he fought for a championship on U.S. soil. After beating a young Randy Couture at UFC 36, the “Baby-Faced Assassin” tested positive for steroids. Will lighting strike twice for the Seattle native? In comments to Sherdog, Barnett stated that, ““No matter what happens with this, I can assure you I will clear my name. This will not be something that I am defined by.”
With less than two weeks to go before fight time, Affliction and M-1 global will be scrambling to find a suitable replacement. Vitor Belfot, a middleweight who has made comments about wanting to face “The Last Emperor” Fedor, is rumored to have agreed in principle to face the Russian. Heavyweight Bobby Lashley has also been rumored as a possible replacement.
More on this story as it develops.