UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett was licensed today at a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing, subject to unpredented drug testing. Barnett appeared before the board via telephone, to get licensed to fight Travis Brown at UFC 169 on Dec 28.
According to the official motion, 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."
MMAJunkie's John Morgan broke the story.
Barnett and his attorneys appeared in person as the 16-year veteran addressed in detail his previous failed post-fight drug tests in Nevada in 2001 and 2002, as well as a 2009 pre-fight test in California.
Barnett maintained that the failed 2001 and 2002 tests were due to the use of supplements that were later reclassified as anabolic steroids while contending the 2009 test was likely due to contaminated supplements. "The Warmaster" said he now largely avoids supplements due to the past issues and does not ever intend to petition the commission for a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy, despite his age.
He also maintained there would be no further excuses moving forward.