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Facing Abu Azaitar
February 12, 2021
Barriault will take on Abu Azaitar on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Both fighters failed drug tests in 2020. Barriault's six-month suspension was recently completed, while Azaitar will be done with his seven-month ban in late February. Other than that similarity, their careers haven't been particularly similar of late. Azaitar is undefeated in 10 straight fights, including one with the UFC, while Barriault is winless in his first four UFC matches, as his lone victory was changed to a no-contest following his failed test.
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Accepts six-month suspension
December 4, 2020
Barriault has accepted a six month suspension from the USADA following an unintentional use ruling after testing positive for ostarine, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Barriault tested positive for this way back in late June after he defeated Oskar Piechota via TKO. He will be unable to compete in the Octagon until after January 20, 2021. Barriault will look to improve his UFC to 2-3 the next time he gets a shot.
Tests positive for ostarine
August 5, 2020
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Barriault has tested positive for ostarine, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Barriault's positive test has resulted in a temporary suspension extension following the positive test. He posted a statement that the banned substance was the result of a contaminated supplement, but more information on his long-term ramifications should surface once the NAC hearing occurs.
Finally earns first UFC victory
June 20, 2020
Barriault defeated Oskar Piechota via TKO (punches) at 4:50 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That effort should be good enough to save Barriault's job. He and Piechota had combined to drop six fights in a row (three each), but it was the Canadian who emerged victorious here. Barriault's defense is questionable, but his power is legitimate. Piechota is unable to properly defend himself and that was a serious issue against an opponent in Barriault who goes head-hunting on every shot he throws. The 30-year-old Quebec native needs to prove he is more than just a knockout artist, but this performance should ensure his next fight is with the UFC.
Bout location moved
May 25, 2020
Barriault will take on Oskar Piechota in a middleweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location June 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Barriault is winless in three trips to the cage under the UFC banner, but draws an opponent in Piechota who also happens to be 0-3 in his last three bouts. All three of Barriault's fights have gone to the judges, making him difficult to trust from a fantasy standpoint, even if four of Piechota's five fights were ended via stoppage. Physically, the two match up within two inches in both height and reach. Barriault has the edge in striking volume, be he gets hit significantly more in order to achieve that. Neither have much of an offensive wrestling dimension, or at least they haven't used it in their time with the UFC.
Facing Piechota at UFC Saskatoon
March 4, 2020
Barriault will take on Oskar Piechota at UFC Saskatoon on June 20, reports.
Barriault has lost his first three appearances in the UFC. He lost to Andrew Sanchez, Krzysztof Jotko, and Jun Yong Park all by decision.