Last Saturday’s Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey event was originally supposed to be Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier, but Daniel Cormier’s broken hand scuttled that plan. The new goal, as above’s shrieky promo shows, is to have the finals on May 19th, venue TBA. When you’re dealing with Josh Barnett, that TBA can be a pretty big deal as he’s still got unfinished commission bizniz in California over that positive steroid test from back in the Affliction days.
That all went down during the salad days of 2009, when Fedor was still king of the world and before I started finding depressing grey hairs on my ballsack. Almost three years later, Barnett has finally taken the necessary steps to move forward with his career:
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday agreed to grant Barnett a license as long as he submits to random drug testing before his May 19 bout with Daniel Cormier in the final of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix. The decision clears the way for Strikeforce to hold Barnett-Cormier in California, although a venue hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Barnett never went through a hearing to appeal his positive test, although dates were scheduled multiple times. He eventually abandoned the notion of an appeal and simply tried to apply for a license again in December 2010; that hearing ended inconclusively when Barnett asked for a continuance when the commission told him they would ask “probing” questions.
Some commissioners on Monday expressed doubts about the honesty of Barnett, who maintains that he did not knowingly take a steroid in 2009. But with Barnett passing multiple drug tests in California and other states since then, regulators opted to give him the benefit of the doubt this time.
The commissioners popping boners at the prospect of forcing Josh to admit to his steroid usage didn’t end up getting what they wanted. Instead, Josh insisted “I didn’t knowingly or intentionally ingest steroids,” which is his general position on all three of his positive incidents. His theory involves tainted supplements, and considering how often that excuse is used I think I’m gonna go hit up a GNC and ask for some of ‘the good stuff.’ And then wink at them until they give me something with a name like ANABOLIC MUSCLE FUEL 5000.