Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) closes out 2013 with UFC 168 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though the focus has been on the main and co-main events, the most intriguing match up is actually happening at heavyweight between Josh Barnett and Travis Browne.
Barnett is a former UFC Heavyweight champion, though he never got a chance to defend the belt because he tested positive for a banned substance in a post-fight drug test.
That wasn't the last time that "the Warmaster" tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Most famously, Barnett's positive test 10 days before Affliction: "Trilogy" was credited with not only the cancellation of the event but also the quiet end of the promotion.
So it makes a lot of sense that the Nevada State Athletic Commission asked Barnett to agree to additional out of competition drug testing in the lead up to his bout with Browne. Barnett understands the reasoning and in speaking with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, he seems to be okay with it to show he's a clean fighter.
No so much. It's fine with me, actually. What it is it's the first truly out of competition random drug test. Nobody in mixed martial arts has been tested as much as I have going into this fight. It's to show that it is a clean sport and we're committed to it. Also, I was really hoping to show my penis to more people in this world. With this I think I got it a lot of airtime.
It's pretty clear that Barnett wants to put his reputation as a PED user to rest. He tested clean in his bout with Frank Mir at UFC 164 and hasn't had a failure in almost three years. Going through additional testing for the bout with Browne should keep those past failures in the past.