Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett has been licensed to compete at UFC 168 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. However, his eligibility will remain valid only if he agrees to continuously undergo WADA testing for elevated testosterone.
“The Warmaster” is required by officials to submit random drug tests from now until the bout on December 28th. In addition to being required to undergo testing prior to his UFC 168 bout, Barnett will also be required to participate in rigorous testing throughout the year of 2014. The tests will be random and conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Barnett has had a tainted history of doping multiple times in the past. When he first snatched the UFC title from Randy Couture back in 2002, he officially became the youngest UFC Heavyweight Champion in the sport’s history. Soon after, it was revealed that he had failed his drug test. Consequently, he had his title taken away.
Seven years later in 2009, Barnett was scheduled to face off against Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko for the short lived promotion known as Affliction. Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids and the fight was cancelled.
With his recent signing to the UFC, Barnet has vowed to stay clean and undergo all testing requirements in order to compete anywhere the UFC wants him to. Fans will have to wait and see if he lives up to his promises.