After over a year of back and forth stupidity between the CSAC and Josh Barnett over the steroid suspension that killed Affliction, it seems like Josh is finally done trying to deal with the issue and will instead just move on with his life:
Barnett missed a Jan. 10 deadline to address a fight-license application he filed with CSAC two months after signing a contract with the California-based promotion.
CSAC officials will move forward anyway during a Feb. 4 meeting in Los Angeles and make a ruling on the application, CSAC Executive Director George Dodd on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Dodd added he’ll issue a recommendation on the matter before the commission issues its ruling.
Ironically, this may actually be a ‘safer’ route than showing up and trying to deal with things head-on. Barnett currently exists in a strange murky grey area where his license wasn’t revoked, he just failed his test while trying to get said license. I’m not exactly sure why this makes a difference, but apparently it does. Showing up and getting bitchslapped by the CSAC could result in something completely different, something that might make it even harder to find another commission willing to let him fight.
Then again, since the CSAC sounds like they plan on making a ruling regardless of Josh’s presence, that could occur anyways. No one knows WTF will happen, probably not even the commission itself. I guess we’ll just have to wait until February 4th. Which makes things that much more interesting for Josh’s participation in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament. I hope Scott Coker has an interesting back-up fighter ready to go just in case.