Turns out the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) isn't picking on Josh Barnett.
Not long after "The Warmaster" was ordered to undergo random World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) drug testing, opponent Travis Browne has been asked to hand over a glass of Hawaiian lemonade just over a month out from their titanic tilt at UFC 168, which takes place on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And "Hapa" is all for it (via MMA Junkie):
"I think it's a great idea, and I'm a big supporter of it. 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."
If only it had been this easy for UFC 167.
Established in 1999, WADA is an independent foundation led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) designed to "preserve the integrity and value of sport and youth, actively promote the 'level the playing field' philosophy, act independently, professionally and without bias or influence."
While Barnett has a history of failed drug tests, Browne has remained squeaky clean throughout his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Participating in the WADA program will be in addition to whatever drug testing procedures the NSAC has planned before, during and after UFC 168.
But is this nothing more than a dog-and-pony show to keep drug-testing criticism at bay, or a legitimate movement to clean up the sport?
Time will tell.