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Former UFC heavyweight champ Josh Barnett signs with Bellator

Ten months after receiving his release from the UFC, former heavyweight champion Josh Barnett has a new MMA home. Or rather, Barnett is linking up with an old promoter.

The 41-year-old Barnett on Monday signed a new contract with Viacom-owned Bellator fronted by Scott Coker, his former promoter under the now-defunct Strikeforce. A Bellator official subsequently confirmed Barnett’s signing to MMA Junkie after he put pen to paper live on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.”

Barnett (35-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has remained active in professional wrestling and submission grappling after his exit from the UFC, which came after a protracted fight with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Barnett said he didn’t trust USADA after becoming the first UFC fighter to beat the organization in arbitration. In March 2018, he was given only a verbal warning for a positive out-of-competition test that was conclusively linked to a tainted supplement. He currently is suing the supplement maker.

It’s unclear when Barnett will make his Bellator debut. His most recent MMA fight took place in September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93, where he submitted ex-champ Andrei Arlovski in the third round. His octagon record in his second UFC stint was 3-2.

Under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner, Barnett made it to the finals of a heavyweight grand prix, losing to current UFC heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.
 

VimyRidge

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Criteria to fight in Bellator's HW division:

You either must

1. be a LHW or

2. if you are a true HW, you must be 40+
 

ATJ-Lucko

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Or recently have been given a lifetime ban from USADA?
Josh Barnett gets no suspension after arbitration in USADA doping case

Josh Barnett is free and clear of his issues with USADA.

The former UFC heavyweight champion received only a public reprimand following arbitration in his USADA doping case, the agency announced Friday. That means Barnett will receive no suspension and can return to the Octagon right away.

Barnett, 40, tested positive for the banned substance ostarine in an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a sample collected Dec. 9, 2016. Barnett and his legal team were able to show the arbitrator that the ostarine came via a tainted supplement. Richard H. McLaren, the chief arbitrator of McLaren Global Sport Solutions, Inc., heard the case.

“Given the source was established to be a contaminated supplement, along with the athlete’s care and diligence concerning the nutritional products consumed, the arbitrator determined that a public reprimand was appropriate,” USADA stated in the release.

Ostarine is not approved by the FDA and is illegally sold in the United States as a performance-enhancer, per USADA. It’s not available as a prescription medication in any country, but has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements in the United States.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/3/...ension-after-arbitration-in-usada-doping-case
 

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Josh Barnett gets no suspension after arbitration in USADA doping case

Josh Barnett is free and clear of his issues with USADA.

The former UFC heavyweight champion received only a public reprimand following arbitration in his USADA doping case, the agency announced Friday. That means Barnett will receive no suspension and can return to the Octagon right away.

Barnett, 40, tested positive for the banned substance ostarine in an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a sample collected Dec. 9, 2016. Barnett and his legal team were able to show the arbitrator that the ostarine came via a tainted supplement. Richard H. McLaren, the chief arbitrator of McLaren Global Sport Solutions, Inc., heard the case.

“Given the source was established to be a contaminated supplement, along with the athlete’s care and diligence concerning the nutritional products consumed, the arbitrator determined that a public reprimand was appropriate,” USADA stated in the release.

Ostarine is not approved by the FDA and is illegally sold in the United States as a performance-enhancer, per USADA. It’s not available as a prescription medication in any country, but has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements in the United States.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/3/...ension-after-arbitration-in-usada-doping-case
That comment was about a Russian fighter who just got the first USADA liftetime ban in the UFC. I forget his name because he hadn't competed in a few years (due to a different drug suspension).
 

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