("So listen, you got any clean urine I can borrow?" Photo courtesy of MMA Junkie.)
According to a story on Sherdog, Sengoku is planning to book American steroid aficionado Josh Barnett for their November 7th card, but not against Antonio Silva as was originally suggested; Silva is currently scheduled to fight at Sengoku 10 in September. Conveniently, World Victory Road Director Takahiro Kokuho is giving Barnett the benefit of the doubt regarding his latest positive test in California:
The good news is, the Drostanolone should be out of Barnett’s system by November. (ALLEGEDLY.) But seriously, if Josh Barnett inspires Japan to get tough on steroids, that only adds support to my previous rant. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell if this is just lip-service from Kokuho. The Japanese MMA scene is sketchy enough that I wouldn’t put it past Sengoku to grease some palms, and make sure none of their fighters come back with positive tests. But there I go again, showing my Western prejudices.
As for his current trouble in the U.S., Barnett has only said "I have people working on it."