UFC/USADA vs Josh Barnett -- Victory For MMA Champ Josh Barnett Against UFC-USADA Anti-Doping Claims
Peter Fredman successfully represented mixed martial arts fighter Josh Barnett in an arbitration against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In an award issued March 23, 2018, the Arbitrator Richard H. McLaren, who was featured in the documentary Icarus, ruled that Barnett “is not a drug cheat. He unknowingly ingested a Contaminated Product. …he did not actively engage in attempting, in any way, to engage in the use of the Prohibited Substance.” Whereas USADA had sought, among other things, a four year period of ineligibility, we were able to prove that Barnett was the victim of a contaminated supplement, and was minimally at fault at most, so the arbitrator imposed the minimal possible penalty, which is a reprimand.