Currently, Ben Askren and Josh Barnett do not even compete in the same promotion – yet alone the same weight class.
Askren, the Bellator welterweight champion, is a firm believe in strict drug testing and took offense to the recent “Countdown to UFC 164” program that, in his words, “glanced over the fact Barnett tested positive for 3 banned substances” following his world heavyweight title win vs. Randy Couture.
Barnett is set to make his long-awaited return to the UFC this weekend at UFC 164 vs. Frank Mir.
Askren’s complete Twitter statement read: “Love how the Countdown show glanced over the fact Barnett tested positive for 3 banned substances after Couture fight” adding in the account Vada Testing to his tweet.
As you might expect, Barnett had some choice words for “Funky,” who is a former U.S. Olympic wrestler.
“I won’t even acknowledge VADA,” Barnett wrote. “They’re entirely agenda driven and that agenda is NOT sport.”
Askren chimed back in with “Lol I know it doesn’t matter to you, but I can look at myself in the mirror and be ok with choices. In 20 years you will have a very hard time doing the same.”
Here’s what Barnett replied back:
@Benaskren Lastly, go fuck yourself you high & mighty prick. If you want to be famous just come run your mouth next time you see me.
— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) August 28, 2013
Barnett was stripped of the UFC title following the failed test, and subsequently left the company.