Josh Barnett has a track record when it comes to testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Because of this, he was recently granted a fight license by the NSAC ahead of his UFC 168 bout, but only on the condition that he be subject to random testing through the end of 2014.
Prior to his upcoming bout with Travis Browne, Barnett will be required to undergo WADA-certified testing, paid for by the UFC.
Interestingly, Browne will also be required to participate in the program. Browne does not have a history of illegal substances, and has never failed a pre or post-fight test. Luckily, he fully supports the WADA testing.
“I think it’s a great idea, and I’m a big supporter of it,” Browne said in a statement. “I think our sport and the commission taking actions like this is putting us ahead of the game compared to other sports. We’re not putting out a fire. We’re attacking the problem before it becomes an epidemic.”
Browne and Barnett will face off at UFC 168 on December 28.