Josh Barnett To Take Random WADA Test Before UFC 168
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.31.2013
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MMA Junkie reports that Josh Barnett (33-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will be the first MMA fighter in Nevada to have WADA-certified random drug testing and the UFC is paying for it. He was ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to today to submit to random drug testing before his fight with Travis Browne (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) at UFC 168, along with commission-administered random drug testing through the rest of 2014. This is a condition of his new license to fight in the state. "UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva", happens on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Officials also approved a license for Josh Koscheck and Chael Sonnen. No issues were brought up for either fighter but the state keeps a closer eye on 35 or older. Sonnen is 36 and Koscheck is 35. Barnett's history with the NSAC caused him to get a closer review. Both Koscheck and Sonnen both compete at UFC 167 on November 16 in Las Vegas. They phoned into the meeting and were approved quickly.
Barnett and his attorneys appeared in person. Barnett mentioned his previous post-fight drug tests in Nevada in 2001 and 2002, along with a 2009 pre-fight test in California. According to a motion by commissioner T.J. Lundvall and SKip Avansino, Barnett will be "subjected to enhanced, intensive, weekly testing by the WADA lab at the expense of Mr. Barnett or UFC and that he also be subjected to random testing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission through Dec. 31, 2014 to be paid by him or the UFC." The motion was unanimously approved. The testing will happen even if Barnett doesn't fight in Nevada in 2014.
Barnett said his failed tests in 2001 and 2002 were due to the use of supplements that were later reclasified as anabolic steroids. He added that the 2009 test was due to contaminated supplements. He said he avoids supplements now due to the issues and doesn't intend to petition the NSAC for a therapeutic use exemption for TRT (testosterone replacement therapy), even with his age.
He said: "I understand the prohibited list, and that's what's necessary. I have to put it in my mouth, in my body. … No one's giving me anything under the table and putting things in my system. This is my responsibility."
UFC executive Marc Ratner said that the promotion will pay for all additional testing. Barnett was previously tested on October 15 and submitted a clean sample.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was set up in 1999 as an independent agency dedicated to "a vision of a world where all athletes compete in a doping-free sporting environment." WADA has established a World Anti-Doping Code which includes international standards looked as the most comprehensive in sport. They include an athlete providing his location at all times so the tests can be conducted without notice. There are two WADA-accredited labs in the US in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.