Multiple reports are surfacing that Josh Barnett has failed some sort of drug test and his August 1st fight with WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko is in serious jeopardy. Sherdog updates the news.
Multiple sources have told Sherdog.com that the California State Athletic Commission will not license Josh Barnett after a positive result on a pre-fight test. Calls to the California State Athletic Commission and Affliction Entertainment were not immediately returned. Barnett said he had not been notified of any issues with his eligibility as of Tuesday evening…However, the former UFC heavyweight champion said he had not checked his phone messages recently and later added, “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.”
Replacement? How about “The Phenom” or Bobby Lashley?
Vitor Belfort has agreed in principle to face the world’s No. 1 heavyweight on 11 days’ notice, according to two separate sources close to the negotiations. One source told Sherdog.com that Emelianenko will have the opportunity to choose between Belfort and Bobby Lashley. Lashley has denied knowing anything about replacing Barnett, though.
No word yet on what specific test he failed, I’ll update more when I find more information.