UFC has released Josh Barnett after a five-year run.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett is no longer part of UFC roster according to a recent report by MMAJunkie. The news of the release hasn’t made public yet, as anonymous sources close to the situation revealed both parties have parted ways, with no further details has been offered.
Barnett who recently clear of his issues with USADA, after testing positive for ostarine (banned substance) in an out-of-competition drug-test stemming from a sample collected on Dec. 9, 2016. Initially, Josh was facing a four-year suspension, became the first UFC athlete to successfully appeal a USADA sanction case through arbitration and allowed to resume his career.
In his interview back in January, Barnett stated he would like to continue his career in Octagon. (Via BloodyElbow)
“I’m not finished with it. I still have a lot within MMA that I want to do. There’s still a desire in me to go out and fight. I know that it is going to be a much smaller window for me in that there’s so many other things in my life. At the moment, I know the desire is there to compete, but the desire to structure my life around training camps and all that at the moment just isn’t there.”
Barnett (35-8) last competed in September 2016 in Hamburg, Germany against Andrei Arlovski and won the bout via third-round submission.