For the third time in three attempts, Barnett, who at 24 became the youngest champion in UFC history, postponed Monday an appeal hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission to address the regulatory body's decision to deny his license after an alleged positive test in July for anabolic steroids.
While Barnett's legal team cited the need to gather additional information from the WADA facility at UCLA that conducted the test as justification for delays in August and October, the latest setback was blamed on the blizzard that slammed the Northeast over the weekend. Among the many victims of flight cancellations was Barnett's New York-based legal counsel,
Barnett's appeal was rescheduled for Feb. 22, 2010. If he fails to fight by the the end of January, it will mark at least 12 months between bouts for the talented 31-year-old mixed martial artist.
Because Barnett, who recently earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from
Barnett's inability to gain licensure forced him out of the bout against the heralded Russian. It also was blamed for the eventual cancellation of Affliction's Aug. 1 card in Anaheim, Calif., knocked the clothing manufacturer out of the fight promotions business, landed Emelianenko in Strikeforce and established promotional battle lines in the latter half of 2009.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission nailed Barnett (25-4) following his UFC title-winning fight over
Barnett denies ever using anabolic steroids, and has questioned the legitimacy of the test results in California and Nevada.
Four candidates remain in the hunt to become the next permanent executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, a position that has remained in flux since
In closed-door meetings Monday, commissioners and officials from the Department of Consumer Affairs met with the four remaining applicants for their final interviews before one is recommended to the DCA.
The prospective candidates are:
A decision on the new Executive Officer could take up to 30 days. California is among the most active states in the U.S. for mixed martial arts and boxing events.
On paper it may not rank among Japan's most intriguing end-of-the-year promotional efforts, but the "Dynamite!! 2009" card on Dec. 31 is certainly ambitious. With a mixture of 17 MMA and K-1 fights, including a series of bouts pitting fighters working under the Dream and Sengoku banners, the mega-event is being promoted with hopes that it can rekindle some interest among casual fighter watchers in Japan.
On Tuesday in Tokyo, promoters announced the addition of three fights, including a match between Dream and Sengoku lightweight champions
In all, nine Dream-Sengoku bouts will take place and most are well-matched:
For the purposes of attracting casual fight fans,
The card airs live in the U.S. on HDNet (3 a.m. ET), and will be replayed later in the evening.
The suit, filed in September in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that from at least 2004 through 2006 Genet helped China Energy, a now defunct company, falsely obtain a listing on the Nasdaq National Market System; engage in unregistered distributions of securities; and enter into "secret arrangements to give away China Energy stock to persons who agreed to purchase China Energy stock in the market, and thereby created the false and misleading impression of active trading and interest in China Energy."
The SEC complaint alleges Genet "realized in excess of $1,700,000 from his sales of China Energy shares."
When contacted by SI.com, Genet declined to comment on "ongoing litigation."