Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since defeating former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 93.
Barnett was notified of a potential USADA violation a short time after the event, but despite the potential violation, says that his professional MMA career isn’t over yet.
“I’m not finished with it. I still have a lot within MMA that I want to do. There’s still a desire in me to go out and fight. I know that it is going to be a much smaller window for me in that there’s so many other things in my life. At the moment, I know the desire is there to compete, but the desire to structure my life around training camps and all that at the moment just isn’t there,” Barnett said to MMA Weekly.
The former champion had been having a successful second run with the UFC, winning three of five fights before the drug testing issues.
Despite not being able to compete at the moment, an inactive Barnett still makes time to train and get better in the sport.
“I’ll get out there and spar and work with people, so it’s not as if I don’t train or still enjoy training – because I do very much – but to make that commitment in every way that’s necessary to compete in MMA, not yet. But it is still open,” says Barnett.
It is unknown at this time as to when Barnett will return to action, because the UFC fighter is still contesting the potential violation.