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Barnett Refuses to be ‘Ambushed’ By CSAC, May Skip February Hearing

("You think it’s easy being the only reasonable person on Earth? I got news for you, it is *not* easy." PicProps: MMAFrenzy)

MMA’s most infamous steroid cheat says he hasn’t quite decided if he’ll be present next month when the California State Athletic Commission rules on his application to be relicensed to fight in that state. Nonetheless, Josh Barnett still plans on competing in this year’s Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, though the date and location of his first round bout against Brett Rogers is yet to be determined. With or without Barnett in attendance the CSAC will rule on his license come Feb. 4, according to executive director George Dodd, and that ruling will likely effect where the California-based promotion can hold events on which Barnett is scheduled to appear.

As of right now, we’d guess that we shouldn’t plan on seeing “The Baby Faced Assassin” compete in any of the “major” combat sports states like Cali, Nevada or New Jersey anytime soon, especially if he ghosts the CSAC next month. Naturally, Barnett is taking a typically nonchalant, borderline combative stance on the whole thing. Dig it: "There are still some things I have to figure out … with (legal) counsel and Strikeforce and also to hear something from the commission (about) what exactly they intend to do or want," he told this week. "I definitely don’t want to spend my time and fly up there to be ambushed."

Barnett’s reticence obviously stems from his Dec. 2 appearance before the commission, which quickly clattered off the rails once it became clear that neither side was ready to do the damn thing. For his part, Barnett showed up alone, without any kind of legal counsel, apparently expecting to simply roll in and get relicensed, since his suspension for a positive drug test back in June of 2009 had expired. Shock of all shocks, it turned out the CSAC wanted to ask him some questions first and then advised him to request a continuance when it became clear that the fighter was on the verge of once again denying any wrongdoing in their state.

"I’m a little caught off guard by this because I was asked to come here," Barnett said at the hearing. "I was asked to provide a (urine) sample to reapply. This is fine, but I do feel slightly unprepared. I did not bring any counsel. I did not come here to appeal. I just came here on my own to speak to the commission as an individual."

The whole thing was weird and more than a little embarrassing for both parties, but we’re still not sure how the word “ambush” might apply. From where we’re sitting – admittedly, on the sideline – it seems totally Pollyannaish for Barnett to think the CSAC would just stamp his fight passport, give him a hug and open the door to the Staples Center. After all, his last postitive drug test did cause the cancelation of a major fight show in that state. On the other hand, for a group that must routinely deal with what we might call “typical fighter bullshit,” the CSAC seemed completely unprepared for Barnett’s self-sabotaging bullheadedness. We would have thought they’d be used to seeing that type of thing by now.

Anyway, to be honest we have no idea if Barnett skipping out on the Feb. hearing is a big deal or not. The CSAC isn’t totally ruling out the possibility it might relicense him anyway and even if it doesn’t, Strikeforce will still be able to find some backwater state willing to let Barnett go in and tap out Rogers in a couple minutes of sluggish action. But regardless, isn’t this just another small piece of evidence that Barnett will always do whatever he can to screw things up for himself?

I mean, get a lawyer, go to the hearing, say you’re sorry, get slapped on the wrist, get your license back. What’s so hard about that?

And if we were Strikeforce, would we advise Barnett to get his ass to the CSAC meeting and tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help him God? Yes. Yes, we would, since there’s a good chance this joker advances to the final of our much ballyhooed heavyweight GP and we’d much rather schedule our first PPV event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose instead of some bingo hall in Biloxi. But that’s just us.

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cecils_pupils- January 13, 2011 at 8:17 am
@perpatraitor - yer right, I hate him 'cuz his hot piss sample killed the Fedor fight. I hate him for all the lies, and dodgyness, and yes, I root for Chris Leben and he has tested positive for PED's.

The clear difference between other fighters and Josh is that many other fighters don't lie and make excuses when they get caught. They take their punishment like a man and get on with life.

Josh would have earned back the respect he lost with most fans by now if he had just been honest with people. Since he has never admitted to it or taken responsibility for his actions I simply cannot give him even one ounce of respect. Fuck Josh Barnett. Period.
DARKHORSE06- January 13, 2011 at 5:39 am
Im fucking sick of this guy and his floppy b cups.
PERPATRAITOR- January 13, 2011 at 1:50 am
Surely you hate Barnett for some other reasons. Plently of mma fighters have tested positive and I'm sure you root on a few of them.
ZiggysDick- January 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm
Has anyone watched Helwani's interview with Barnett on the MMAHour? If you want to see a prime example of intelligent dishonesty, check it out. He has a politician's mind.

During the interview, Barnett claims that fight promoters are both unnecessary (in the case of Dana White) and necessary (in the case of Scott Coker), that promotions are unnecessary (because all it takes is two men fighting) and necessary (he wants to fight at the highest level of competition), that he both does not need to fight for money (if it means having to obey a state athletic commission) and does need to fight for money, that MMA is worse and less pure as the result of the establishment of rules and regulations, that the illegality of performance-enhancing drugs is as equally unreasonable as the illegality of marijuana, that he has never used steroids but it wouldn't have meant anything if he had because PEDs don't make a difference... etc, etc.

The only value statements that he doesn't waver from is that (1) he's never used steroids, and (2) that he enjoys fighting. Everything else ebbs and flows. It's very clear from the way he speaks that he's a cheater; it would be better if he just said "I took steroids; I don't give a shit what people think about it, either."

Anyhow I think he has a pretty good shot at winning the whole thing.
ccman- January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm
As for csac?

'Who is dana white?" The guy who won't hire any of these jokes... at least 7 outta 8 of em.

Cecil... agreed. Any ounce of respect barnett might have had left disappeared in his hearing. He became that guy in traffic court that makes you miss happy hour argueing the constitution doesn't say they can impose speed limits or the other who says he was pulled over for running a red light because cops are racist.
ccman- January 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Welcome to reason 1a why this grand prix will flop.

Welcome to reason 1b why this grand prix will flop.

Welcome to every reason werdum, overoid, and fedor are on one side and noone whith a chance in hell of beating any of them are with barnett. Barnett v. Rogers cancelled over hot piss? Damn, both hillbillies that cared and fedor penn will be crushed they won't get to see that. Awwwwwww.
cecils_pupils- January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm
@tnbp - not kidding, dead fuckin' serious.

Chael may be a two faced shit talker, but the guy isn't running from the CSAC like Josh. Over the course of his entire joke of an appeal, Josh just played games. At least Chael faced the commission and handled his shit like a man, not like Josh "The Excuse Machine" Barnett.

Now, I anxiously await your rebuttal...

EDIT: AT least Chael had an actual medically documented condition to "explain" his hot piss. Can't say the same for fuckstick.
Seoul Brother- January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Barnett is such a fucking dribbly choad it ain't even funny. He's turning out to be the Lyndon Larouche of MMA.
MediocreThreat- January 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Kevin Ferguson, stand ready.
tnbp- January 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

"At least Chael faced the commission head-on and handled his shit like a man." You're kidding, right? God, I hope you're kidding...
cecils_pupils- January 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Barnett is a loser. A dim bulb. At least Chael faced the commission head-on and handled his shit like a man. Josh acts like he did nothing wrong and fails to take responsibility for his actions.

I personally hope that fuckstick never gets licensed to fight again.
Fedor Penn- January 12, 2011 at 11:57 am
I get why people hate Barnett but I've been a fan of his for a long time and hope he get's his shit together and makes a comeback. I mean the shit he tested positive for last time is over the counter pro-steroid that can be bought online for thirty dollars a bottle. While this isn't really an excuse for him, he obviously isn't the brightest guy ever so maybe he just assumed since it was legal he could take it.
LOKI- January 12, 2011 at 11:38 am
Did he ever file suit with Pixar over likeness rights?
Fried Taco- January 12, 2011 at 11:13 am
Barnett may have to wait until Club Stead is ready:

CungwantsCookies- January 12, 2011 at 10:56 am
bad news for barnett, mississippi is a comission state these days...hed have to go next door to alabama for some hot unliscensed action.
NinjaVanish- January 12, 2011 at 10:53 am
This guy is such a fucking cheat and blame skirter.

Fuck this clown, let him fight in pro wrestling matches in Japan and roid up all he wants, replace him with someone else in the GP, and stop doing stories on this cheating ass worthless bitch who can't even own up to what he did.
sakurabasear- January 12, 2011 at 10:40 am
Lend me your ear for a minute....

We've been spared to watch this flabby, overrated scholar for the past 3 years. Why should we care about him now?

I'll take Shane Del Rosario as a filler please and thank you.

Smitty- January 12, 2011 at 10:40 am
The guy completed his suspension, lets get the show on the road for crying out loud. I'm ready to see if he REALLY has what it takes to compete in "somebodys" heavyweight division.
Goog- January 12, 2011 at 10:32 am
"...and by ambushed, I mean asked any direct questions regarding my illegal actions."