Extra drug testing required for Barnett

Josh Barnett will be subject to extensive drug testing both

prior to and after his

UFC

168 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,

World

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

screening.

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.