Josh Barnett has made it official. Though the paperwork is yet to complete, Barnett revealed that he has asked for a release from the UFC.
In a statement given to ESPN, Barnett had high praise for Zuffa while he was not particularly impressed with how USADA dealt with his case.
“It’s true that I have asked for my release and we are discussing the terms now. Zuffa has been fantastic and above-board since I re-signed with the company. Every promise made has been kept and I have no disparaging words for them. After everything I went through with USADA, and my vindication in that case, I don’t feel comfortable giving the control necessary to USADA that would continue my career in the UFC,” he told.
Barnett, who holds a professional record of 35-8 to his name tested positive for a banned substance back in 2016. He was, however, cleared by an arbitrator a few months back but he was forced to sit out throughout this time period. It would be interesting to see what the future holds for Barnett.