The issue of steroids has followed Josh Barnett (31-6) for a large part of his career. On several occasions he tested positive and when trying to regain his license only made the issue worse by not showing up to meetings held by the athletic commission. While Barnett can’t change the past, he’ enjoying life in the present.
“My journey has been full of ups and downs,” said Barnett to MMA Fighting. “I’ve won some, lost some. That’s for sure. I’ve been through good times and bad times, but I can’t change any of it. At this point, I like the person that I am and am okay with the life I’m living.”
After winning the UFC heavyweight title in 2006, Barnett was stripped of it for testing positive for steroids. Years later for Affliction Entertainment, Barnett was scratched from a planned Fedor Emelianenko (35-4-1 NC) fight in 2009 after another test came back positive 10 days before their encounter.
Currently, Barnett has been working out of Strikeforce where he is 2-1. The one loss for them came in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final against Daniel Cormier (10-0).
Barnett meets Nandor Guelmino (11-3) on the final Strikeforce card on January 12 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK. His future after that has not been Josh Barnett Not Looking to Erase Past Problems