Josh Barnett withdraws application with the CSACPosted on January 29, 2011, 09:09 PM by Joey Santosus
It appears Strikeforce Heavyweight Josh Barnett has lost interest in resolving his ongoing licensing issues with the California State Athletic Commission.
Barnett has been unable to fight in the state of California since July 2009, when the CSAC denied his application for a license as a result of testing positive for steroids just a little more than a week ahead of his scheduled bout with Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Trilogy. Following his year-long, nation-wide suspension, which expired in July 2010, Barnett elected to apply for a new license with the state. Instead, when he arrived to the hearing this past December, a miscommunication lead to yet another postponement. And after missing a January 10th deadline to address the fight-license application, CSAC officials were expected to proceed with a ruling on Febuary 4th. However, according Josh Gross of ESPN (via Twitter), that will no longer be necessary:
"CSAC exec. officer George Dodd told me Josh Barnett withdrew his license application, so it’s off Feb. 4 agenda."
"CSAC can’t sanction, suspend, fine Barnett. Matter is tabled unless Barnett asks for license in state requiring resolution of Calif. issues."
"Likeliest locations for Barnett/SF in U.S. w/o resolving Calif.: Georgia, Texas, Tennessee. Again, he would have to pass a drug test first"
Josh Barnett is one of eight Heavyweights scheduled to participate in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament and will face Brett Rogers on April 9th in the second round of quarter-finals. While the California based promotion is yet to confirm the event's location, Japan is currently being considered as the front-runner.