Update: Fedor-Barnett Bout in Jeopardy
Affliction Entertainment and M-1 Global are looking for a new
opponent to face Fedor
Emelianenko at Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 at the Honda
Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Multiple sources have told Sherdog.com that the California State
Athletic Commission will not license Josh Barnett
after a positive test result. Calls to Affliction Entertainment
were not immediately returned. The CSAC said a comprehensive
statement would be issued Wednesday.
Barnett said he had not been notified of any issues with his
eligibility as of Tuesday evening.
“I took my test three weeks ago. I would have thought I would have
heard something by now,” Barnett told Sherdog.com.
However, the former UFC heavyweight champion said he had not
checked his phone messages recently and later added, “No matter
what happens with this, I can assure you I will clear my name. This
will not be something that I am defined by.”
Belfort has agreed in principle to face the world’s No. 1
heavyweight on 11 days’ notice, according to two separate sources
close to the negotiations. One source told Sherdog.com that
Emelianenko will have the opportunity to choose between Belfort and
Lashley. Lashley has denied knowing anything about replacing
"I don't know if I would want it right now. Since the last fight, I
haven't really been into training again," he said. "That fight is
next week. That would be something I would really have to take a
look at. To just jump in there probably wouldn't be the smartest
thing for me right now. A lot of people would say that might be a
money fight. They figure, 'If we give him enough money, will he do
it?' That's what people tend to look at. I don't want to get into
fighting for the money so much right now.”
Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, is scheduled to
face American Top Team standout Jorge
Santiago in a middleweight bout on the Aug. 1 card.
Greg Savage, T.J. De Santis and Jeff Sherwood contributed to
this report, which was updated at 1:06 a.m. EST with additional
information from Lashley.
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