Josh Barnett met with the California State Athletic Commission today in the hopes of regaining his license prior to Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament final on May 19.
Barnett was granted a conditional license requiring random drug screening, which will likely pave the way for the Grand Prix final to take place in California.
The commission grilled Barnett regarding his past failed drug tests and Barnett still denied ever knowingly taking steroids. The denial was something the commissioners believed was unlikely. Still, Barnett was granted a conditional license by a vote of 4-2.
Barnett was originally suspended after a failed drug test prior to the ill-fated 2009 Affliction: Trilogy card. Barnett and the CSAC were unable to properly arrange a hearing on the incident multiple times, with the last failure happening at a rather chaotic meeting that was overshadowed by the Chael Sonnen appeal. Barnett has maintained his innocence despite previous failed tests during his career.
Barnett will face Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce Grand Prix final on May 19.
Also of note, Strikeforce Scott Coker confirmed California as the likely destination for the event and is aiming for Strikeforce’s preferred home, the HP Pavilion. The venue will depend on the NHL’s San Jose Sharks performance.
The Sharks currently sit in 8th place in the Western Conference with a one-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings. Meaning there is a chance the Sharks could miss the playoffs all together, and even if they make the playoffs, they would face the top team in the West.