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CSAC Refuses to License Josh Barnett; Bout With Emelianenko Off for ‘Affliction: Trilogy’


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Bad news for MMA fans — and disastrous news for Affliction’s MMA promotion. Sherdog is reporting that the California State Athletic Commission will not license Josh Barnett for his fight against Fedor Emelianenko at next Saturday’s Affliction: Trilogy event due to a “positive test result.” We’re assuming that means steroids and not Hep B or something, though the CSAC promises to release a detailed statement today. Barnett, who was stripped of his UFC heavyweight title in 2002 for anabolic steroid use, was surprised by the news:

“I took my test three weeks ago. I would have thought I would have heard something by now…No matter what happens with this, I can assure you I will clear my name. This will not be something that I am defined by.”

 

Now, Affliction must hustle up a new opponent for Emelianenko to beat the crap out of at the event. The front-runner is Vitor Belfort, who has been preparing for a middleweight match against Jorge Santiago; Belfort has reportedly agreed in principle to take the fight, according to sources close to the negotiations. It was also rumored that undefeated ATT product/pro wrestler Bobby Lashley was also offered the fight, though he might be a little too smart to take it:

“I don’t know if I would want it right now. Since the last fight, I haven’t really been into training again. That fight is next week. That would be something I would really have to take a look at. To just jump in there probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing for me right now. A lot of people would say that might be a money fight. They figure, ‘If we give him enough money, will he do it?’ That’s what people tend to look at. I don’t want to get into fighting for the money so much right now.”

If Affliction’s future as an MMA promotion does indeed depend on this event, the outlook just got a lot more dismal. More details to come…

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KINGMADE- July 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Dmonicideals.... you are the dumbest sumbitch I have ever given a little of my time to, to read their post... god damn that was some stupid shit.
KoolaidKrusader- July 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm
And yet again....dana white laughs into is champagne.
Chiggs- July 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm
If Affliction does crash after this, you can almost guarantee that Fedor will be hitting Dream an NOT the UFC, which, wouldnt be to bad had Crocop resigned with them and then theres Werdum and Overeem, two good matches anyways :p Least we now know its NOT Werdum, Overeem or Rogers so thats good right? Right??..Right?
Vargas- July 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm
GZ to the UFC I guess...

Hope Dream gets some of the fallen affliction-apples, would love to see more skilled guys over there. UFC really needs some competition, don't like people like Dana having too much power.
Dana White- July 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm
wow holy shit sooooooooooo many FEDOR nut huggers in here. I think you guys split your chin from fedor balls hittiing ur chin while sucking his peepee.
Dana White- July 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm
come on guys you think fedor was going to fight Josh Hell NO some one with skill and could take him out not a chance. Josh is not washed up SO get real. Lets see what washed up fighter they put vs fedor. I think this was a setup Mafia FTL.
Chiggs- July 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Watching Fight Network here in Canada and as of 5pm Est. they are Confirming(their words) that Vitor Belfort Has now SIGNED the contract and its Official, Vitor vs Fedor is on!! Sucks for Santiago, was SO looking forward to that fight has he's progressed a TON in last year or two :/ Least the card is still on I guess...
JPfighter- July 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm
This is probably the end for Affliction, which is some ways is sad, given the effort that Atencio has put into this and the abuse he has taken along the way. However, I am happy to see that Fedor will likely be a big loser in all of this, because if Affliction goes away, where can Fedor and his Russian cronies sign and pretend to be relevant? Maybe Strikeforce? Other than that option, I suppose he could fight in sambo tournaments more frequently now.
Savage- July 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Barnett just screwed himself hard
Swedish- July 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

F U Assliction I'm so happy you are going away, fade into the sunset peacefully a-holes

Fedor - Don't be a bitch, sign with UFC now or... fade away as well
Chiggs- July 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Also too bad Atencio decided to shit on Arlovski outta no wheres, at least he woulda been a credible rematch/opponent that would have still drawn decently an wouldnt fuck the co-main event too imo Side note though, now that Barnett is screwed to compete in the States, we can finally look forward to the long anticipated (re)match between Barnett and Emelianenko in Japan!!!!!! Aleks Emelianenko that is!!!!! Or guess that will now be at a future M1 Global Only event???
=P
just some dong- July 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm
How sad. I was kind of hoping this would be a big PPV for Affliction. They could certainly use it, and the more competition the UFC has, the better things will be for the fighters and fans alike. But I can't see them salvaging this ppv, and the writing is now clearly on the wall. Affliction is doomed.

I admit I haven't followed Barnett's career very closely, but I have listened to multiple interviews with him leading up to this fight. He seems like a very intelligent guy, a very funny and unique person. Sad that all along he's also been a cheater and a coward.

IMO this is 1000x worse for the sport than anything Brock has ever said or done.
Serpente- July 22, 2009 at 11:00 am
HAHAHAHAHA Once Agian all the little bitches who supported Affliction go fuck yourselves, they fucking blow another reason for the UFC to rule, sign Fedor lets get it over with, also strikeforce fighters pulled out man the other orgs suck!

This is Affliction's last event haha, fuck you M-1, Josh Barnett your a fucking roid head you shit talk other fighters you fucking cheating ass bitch.
Jay Smith- July 22, 2009 at 10:56 am
Not me......
Goog- July 22, 2009 at 10:35 am
I will fight Fedor.
Aenarion- July 22, 2009 at 10:31 am
I'd still like to see Lashley...
Cuntalope- July 22, 2009 at 10:21 am
Lol at the 2 main options as replacements being a middleweight and a 4-0 pro wrestler that barely beat Jason Guida a few months back. Affliction you suck, Barnett you are a fat faggot and I knew you would find someway out of this fight like all the other times you ducked Fedor in Pride, nice of you to fuck everyone else in ass as well. What a piece of shit this guy is.
Lysol- July 22, 2009 at 9:58 am
You have to love how Barnett didn't deny using steroids in his issued statement. It almost comes off as "That's funny, I KNOW I used that steroid cleansing kit before I took the test. Something has to be wrong, or I will demand a refund."
The Truth- July 22, 2009 at 9:56 am
Silva? Lashley would have been better..or even Monson.
Kaibo- July 22, 2009 at 9:41 am
Bring in Monson!
Dmonicideals- July 22, 2009 at 9:37 am
HAHA Barnett is a CHUMP!!!! How are you going to pop positive a week before the biggest figt in your career. Had he won, or been mildly competitive, his stock would have flew through the roof, now he has hit rock bottom and will never fight in a legit promotion again. Any promotion looking for any credability wouldn't touch that douche with a 10ft pole.

As far as who will fight fedor instead.... well, unless there is someone out there who has been training their whole life for this moment, I don't believe that anyone will be stupid enough to take a fight on a weeks notice against Fedor. Unless.......... I wonder what would happen if a currently contracted UFC fighter were to "sneak" in and take the fight. Someone without much to lose by screwing the UFC, and already training for a fight........ Maybe, um, The Spider? With only 1-2 fights left on his contract, it wouldn't be THAT big of a hit to him financially, and wouldn't that be the fight that would put Affliction in the history books as putting together the BEST FIGHT OF ALL TIME?

Tom, just leave it as Fedor v. TBA until it is time for the ring walk. I do not think Dana would have time to get you shut down, if he would bother to watch, or have someone watch. Go on, throw a boatload of money at Anderson, enough to cover court costs when the UFC sues him, plus a lil more on the side, see if he jumps at the chance to fight the best fighter in the world.
Deadpanda- July 22, 2009 at 9:28 am
Does this remind anyone else of High School drama?
The Truth- July 22, 2009 at 9:22 am
Lashley would be great. I want those odds!!!
Times Infinity- July 22, 2009 at 8:56 am
Dana White is laughing in his green, money print robe right now. I can just see him with a million dollar bill, on fire up to the bulldog's face, looking at Brock across the room and saying "God I love being me".
Remsaa- July 22, 2009 at 8:56 am
Goddamn it Josh WTF. I hope this is a false positive or he has lost all my respect forever.

Well we are running out of UFC champs for Fedor to fight. At least Tito is still looking for someone to fight.

Is greasing still greasing if its just lube and you have a (ex)pornstar wife? I guess it all depends on the gay foreplay afterwards.
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