Travis Browne Getting UFC Sponsored Random Testing Before UFC 168
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.04.2013
He's supportive of the idea...
MMA Junkie reports that Travis Browne (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) will join his UFC 168 opponent Josh Barnett (33-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in having random testing before the PPV. They will both be involved with the WADA-certified program ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Browne's manager John Fosco confirmed the news. The UFC will pay for the testing for both men, according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer.
Fosco said: "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."
The event happens on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is a middleweight title rematch between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Anderson Silva. The card also includes a women's bantamweight title match between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Meisha Tate, which follows Barnett vs Browne.
Browne is a three-time UFC "Knockout of the Night" winner. He has fought eight times in the UFC and has not failed a pre- or post-fight drug test. Barnett has failed tests in 2001, 2002 and 2009. Before an NSAC meeting that gave him a conditional fight license, Barnett told the NSAC that his failures came from supplements later reclassified as steroids. He said a pre-fight test failure was due to a contaminated supplement. He added he would never apply for a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Barnett will be subject to random testing for all of 2013. He passed a test from the commission last month.
Brown and Barnett's fight could decide the next contender to champion Cain Velasquez, who is scheduled to fight Fabricio Werdum in 2014. Browne has a stoppage win over Alistair Overeem while Barnett has a stoppage win over Frank Mir.
The random testing checks athletes for substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, an independent body dedicated to drug-free athletics. An athlete has to provide ntoice of where he is at all times so the tests can be made at random. Tests for the NSAC will be conducted at a WADA-accredited lab in Salt Lake City.