Josh Barnett almost walked away from MMA following latest run-in with the CSAC

Former UFC heavyweight champion, Josh Barnett has revealed that he almost walked away from the sport of mixed martial arts following his latest run-in with the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for steroids eighteen months ago.

Barnett, speaking via, said:

“The thought has crossed my mind to quit even dealing with organized mixed martial arts in general and just fight my own fights, however I feel like. The fact of the matter is, I fight because I have to – because it’s a thing that drives me, not because of anything else.”

“I think everybody is doing whatever they can to get an edge on their opponent, no matter what, be it taking anything whether it’s illegal or legal.”

“Is it working? I don’t really know. I don’t think so. I wouldn’t know (a percentage of fighters using PEDs) and even if I did I wouldn’t say even if I did. … I’m a big proponent of ‘What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.’ I’m no snitch. But I fought when there wasn’t regulatory bodies, and I fought guys who were way jacked to the gills (on steroids). I never cared – I just fought them anyways. I don’t care what pill you take or what shot or what new supplement or what diet you do. There’s only so much of anything that can really ever help you, and the rest of it is whether you’ve got it or you don’t.”

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