Barnett’s appeal for extension granted by CSACIn 2002, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to testing positive for steroids use suspended Josh Barnett, 31, for six months. His post-fight urinalysis revealed traces of three anabolic agents, namely, Boldenone metabolite, Fluoxymesterone metabolite and Nandrolone metabolite. This was after he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 36, which earned him the heavyweight title. Despite the positive steroids test, he denied using any anabolic steroids, and even challenged NSAC’s testing protocol.

Last July, he requested for a re-licensure and filed an appeal before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). However, on July 21, Barnett was notified by CSAC that he again tested positive for the anabolic steroid 2a-methyl-5a-androstan-3a-ol-17-one, in his pre-test supposedly as a pre-requisite to renew his license. A second sample was obtained, also reflecting the same results as the first testing.

Last Monday, CSAC granted his appeal to extend his hearing. It was re-scheduled on December 8, 2009.

According to CSAC Interim Executive Officer David T. Thornton, it was Barnett’s attorney, Michael DiMaggio, who contacted the commission to request for an extension. According to DiMaggio, their law firm is still awaiting additional information from the UCLA laboratory that conducted Barnett’s tests.

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