You’d be hard pressed to find an athlete as commonly despised as Josh Barnett in the sport of mixed martial arts since “The Baby Faced Assasin” tested positive for steroids while fighting under two separate promotions over the span of seven years.
The most recent offense brought an end to an anticipated clash between himself and Fedor Emelianenko in early 2009, and effectively cast Barnett out of the spotlight for an indefinite amount of time.
However, according to Barnett on a recent edition of hardcore sports radio, he’s been cleared to fight since day one. It was California that had the “issue”.
“I can resume it… I’ve been able to resume in from day one,” said Barnett. “My issue is only with California. I can fight anywhere in the world and any state in the union.”
In regards to when Josh could possibly be making his return to mixed martial arts, the 32-year-old heavyweight seemed to feel like the decision was not up to him.
“As soon as any promotion out there stops bulls******, and stops… just comes correct. That’s all,” said Barnett. “Now if they want me to fight all they have to do is step up to the plate and throw me an opponent, and don’t put something in front of me that’s either a slap in the face or ridiculous.”
Wasn’t testing positive steroids not once, but twice, a slap in the face of the entire collective mixed martial arts community?
As of right now Barnett seems to be focusing on his fictional fighting/professional wrestling career, as he has a February 22 date against Bob Sapp already scheduled for Japan.