Extra drug testing required for Barnett

Josh Barnett will be subject to extensive drug testing both
prior to and after his
matchup with Travis Browne on Dec. 28. The Nevada state
athletic commission requested it as part of Barnett’s license
approval at a meeting held on Thursday at the Grant Sawyer State
Office Building in Las Vegas.

Barnett, who appeared with his attorneys at the hearing, agreed
to the request for extra testing due to his past drug test
failures. He flunked tests for steroids in 2001, 2002 and 2009.

From now until Dec. 28, he will undergo enhanced,
Anti-Doping Agency
lab-approved drug testing with random
screenings. As part of his license agreement, he will also be
subject to random urinalysis screenings through the end of 2014,
whether he fights in the state or not.

“At this point, this is sort of your last hurrah in front
of this commission,” commission member Skip Avansino told
Barnett before laying out his motion.

Barnett quickly agreed with all of the requests made of him.

“To my understanding, I would be the first actual random
tested, WADA-certified tested athlete in the sport of mixed martial
arts,” Barnett said, adding how ironic it would be that given
his history, he would be the first to take part in random,
year-round testing.

The UFC, which was represented at the meeting by vice president
of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, agreed to pay the nearly $20,000
cost for the enhanced testing.

The agreement followed a somewhat tense start, with several
commissioners questioning Barnett about his past indiscretions,
including his failed 2009 test, which came in California, but after
Nevada had relicensed him three years prior, a fact which several
commission found embarrassing.

Barnett acknowledged that he’d made several mistakes in
the past, but maintained that his 2001 and 2002 failed tests were
due to legal supplements that were later reclassified as steroids,
and that his 2009 test was due to contaminated supplements. He also
said he would participate in any drug testing to prove he was clean
and qualify to fight in the state.

The commission noted he had already passed an Oct. 15 drug

The commission also requested that Barnett’s opponent
Browne enroll in the enhanced testing program as well, but it was
not clear if his participation was mandatory.