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Josh Barnett says screw this

After over a year of back and forth stupidity between the CSAC and Josh Barnett over the steroid suspension that killed Affliction, it seems like Josh is finally done trying to deal with the issue and will instead just move on with his life:

Barnett missed a Jan. 10 deadline to address a fight-license application he filed with CSAC two months after signing a contract with the California-based promotion. 

CSAC officials will move forward anyway during a Feb. 4 meeting in Los Angeles and make a ruling on the application, CSAC Executive Director George Dodd on Tuesday told (

Dodd added he’ll issue a recommendation on the matter before the commission issues its ruling.

Ironically, this may actually be a ‘safer’ route than showing up and trying to deal with things head-on. Barnett currently exists in a strange murky grey area where his license wasn’t revoked, he just failed his test while trying to get said license. I’m not exactly sure why this makes a difference, but apparently it does. Showing up and getting bitchslapped by the CSAC could result in something completely different, something that might make it even harder to find another commission willing to let him fight.

Then again, since the CSAC sounds like they plan on making a ruling regardless of Josh’s presence, that could occur anyways. No one knows WTF will happen, probably not even the commission itself. I guess we’ll just have to wait until February 4th. Which makes things that much more interesting for Josh’s participation in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament. I hope Scott Coker has an interesting back-up fighter ready to go just in case.

  • glassjawsh

    “I hope Scott Coker has an interesting back-up fighter ready to go just in case”

    Valentijn Overeem, Shane Del Rosario, Daniel Cormier, etc

  • CAP

    Where the hell is Lashley in all this. Not even a replacement fighter. I can only assume he didn’t want any part of the tourney. Or maybe he’s over MMA already.

  • Omomatta

    Shit….after witnessing the Bag of Dicks that make up the CSAC during the whole Sonnen review…..Barnett could be fighting in no time. All he has to do is grease Tom Jones’ pockets like Sonnen did and he’ll be home free.

  • subo

    This is what I wrote about on SBN – the fact that Barnett isn’t licensed is the only reason he’s not suspended. I think it would be AWESOME if the CSAC went ahead and approved it and then just immediately suspended it.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ why? he’s basically already served his suspension and THEN some. they should just sentence him to time served. like someone being held in jail and not being able to post bond before their trial

  • andherewego

    Here’s something that isn’t a gray area: He’s been caught cheating three times. In any reputable sport, that gets you an international lifetime ban. The idea Barnett is a victim is ridiculous.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ first time didn’t “count” but is still being held against him

  • frickshun

    ^^You mean like the time you offered a guy in his pick-up truck in an abandoned parking lot to watch you jerk off but it turned out that you got gay-bashed instead?

    You’re right…..that didn’t count.

  • Reverend Clint

    ^ joans first time doesnt count since it involved 3 dead badgers

  • Oontyex

    roger gracie plzzzz!! :D

  • FiveBoltMain

    Clint you retard, there aren’t any badgers in UT. You should have said sheep or cow.

  • Reverend Clint

    you had them shipped in speical

  • iamphoenix

    josh barnet is white.