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Josh 'The War Master' Barnett is the former UFC heavyweight champion.

Barnett most recently faced Geronimo Dos Santos in his Impact FC debut. He defeated Dos Santos via technical knockout. He signed with Strikeforce shortly after but he has yet to make his debut.

Barnett next faced Brett Rogers in the first round of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament. The fight was also Barnett's Strikeforce debut. He defeated Rogers via second-round arm triangle choke submission. With the victory, Barnett moved on to the semifinals to face fellow Pride veteran Sergei Kharitonov.

Barnett defeated Kharitonov via first-round arm triangle choke submission. With the victory, he moved on to the finals to face undefeated Olympic wrestler Dan Cormier. Unfortunately Cormier broke his hand in the victory over "Bigfoot" Silva and the finals of the grand prix were left in question. Cormier courageously decided to press on with the grand prix finals and Barnett was more than happy to oblige as well.

Cormier defeated Barnett via an exciting and back-and-forth unanimous decision. Barnett took a brief hiatus before signing to face Strikeforce newcomer Nandor Guelmino on Strikeforce's last event in January 2013. Barnett received a first round arm triangle choke submission victory with little trouble and delivered an entertaining if slightly awkward post-fight interview with Pat Miletich.

Barnett then entered into some intense contractual negotiations with the UFC. The negotiations weren't looking very good midway through February 2013 and Barnett hinted at signing with Bellator. After several months of negotiations, however, Barnett finally signed in May 2013 to return to the UFC after over eleven years away.

He next made his return against fellow former heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Barnett defeated Mir via a controversial first round technical knockout, a stoppage which Mir vehemently protested. An immediate rematch was considered.

Instead Barnett signed to fight prospect Travis Browne.

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Drug Test TroublesEdit

  • Barnett tested positive for two different anabolic steroids after his win over Bobby Hoffman at UFC 34 in November 2001.
  • Barnett tested positive for boldenone, fluoxymesterone and nandrolone after his heavyweight title win over Randy Couture at UFC 36 in March 2002.
  • Barnett tested positive for drostanolone before a scheduled fight with Fedor Emelianenko in July 2009.

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