Josh Barnett Cleared To Return To Octagon, After USADA’s Decision Over His Doping Case

Former UFC heavyweight champion, Josh Barnett was able to prove his innocence with the USADA.

The Veteran heavyweight tested positive for Ostarine in an out-of-competition drug test stemming from Dec. 9, 2016. He was on the verge of facing a four year of suspension and decide to take his case to arbitration.

After a lengthy legal battle, Josh proved that the positive drug test happened due to a tainted supplement and he is free to re-compete.

Shortly, after the decision was made public, Barnett took to social media and released a statement:

“I proved my innocence as I stated from the beginning and now I can look towards getting back in the ring in the neat future.

The time I lost though can never be regained. It should not havr had to come to all of this.

Ever onwards…”

Josh 38, has not fought since September 2016, scores a submission win over Andrei Arlovski.

The arbiter who handled Barnett’s case released a statement, where he believed Josh didn’t mean to cheat as he had taken a contaminated supplement:

“On the evidence before me, the Applicant is not a drug cheat. He unknowingly ingested a Contaminated Product. In so doing, he did commit an ADPV [Anti-Doping Policy Violation] because he had a Prohibited Substance in his Sample but he did not actively engage in attempting, in any way, to engage in the use of the Prohibited Substance.”

Just a note, Ostarine is not approved by the FDA and is illegally sold in the U.S as a performance-enhancer.

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