Josh Barnett Discusses Post – UFC Future in Lengthy Statement
By FCF Staff
Following the news that Josh Barnett has requested to be released from the UFC, due to his mistrust of USADA, the former heavyweight champ has posted a lengthy statement regarding his future.
Recently Barnett shared out a letter via his Facebook account, and here is what he had to say about USADA in the statement:
The debacle with USADA over the last year and a half has also influenced my decision to exit the UFC. Their dogged insistence to punish me for what they absolutely knew was an issue of contamination was unethical. By trying to manufacture any reason they could legitimize to increase sanctions against me was unacceptable. For their stance to necessitate my retaining counsel and do legal battle with them in the presence of an arbitrator was unnecessary. They preferred an adversarial to a just and fair process. I cannot in good conscience trust them to act in good faith or perhaps may even wish to look to enact some sort of vengeance in an attempt to cancel out my victory against them in arbitration. It’s not the kind of environment that I want to spend the final years of my career in.
You can read the complete statement here.
Barnett has been sidelined since 2016 as a result of testing positive for ostarine. Barnett’s team was able to demonstrate the positive test was the result of a contaminated supplement , however, and as a result the heavyweight only received a public reprimand from USADA. The appeal and arbitration process cost Barnett over a year of his career.