LOS ANGELES -- A major mixed martial arts show scheduled for
Aug. 1 in Anaheim has been canceled because a suitable replacement
could not be found for Josh Barnett.
Barnett tested positive for steroids last month. He had been set
to fight Fedor Emelianenko, a Russian heavyweight often considered
the world's top mixed martial artist.
This was to have been the main event of "Affliction: Trilogy"
at the Honda Center. Affliction is a fledgling promotional company
with just two major shows on its resume and didn't have enough time
to find an appropriate opponent.
Barnett was denied a license by the California State Athletic
Commission on Wednesday after failing his drug test last month.