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Josh Barnett to Return to the Ring… the Wrestling Ring

Despite testing positive for anabolic steroids and derailing the entire Affliction Trilogy card, Josh Barnett is still headed for a payday. The former UFC champion is set to perform on Aug. 9 for Inoki Genome Federation, a professional wrestling promotion directed by the legendary Antonio Inoki.

Ariel Helwani first reported the news and confirmed it with Barnett’s manager Shannon Hooper.

Barnett claimed that he would fight the positive test, but he has yet to break his silence save for a MySpace bulletin he posted the day the news broke. In 2002, after a similar positive test, Barnett restarted his career in Japan and made a name for himself in MMA and wrestling in Japan.

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