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Josh Barnett Agrees to Extensive Drug Testing for UFC 168 and Beyond

Written by Tom Ngo
October 31st, 2013
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“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pause] — shame on you. Fool me — [pause] — You can’t get fooled again.”

In a nutshell, George W. Bush’s unforgettable quote is why heavyweight Josh Barnett (pictured) will be subjected to extensive drug testing leading up to his UFC 168 tango with Travis Browne, and throughout 2014.

During Thursday’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Barnett agreed to undergo World Anti-Doping Agency lab-approved drug testing, with random exams in order to get licensed to fight on December 28. In addition, “The Warmaster” will also be subject to random urinalysis screenings throughout next year, regardless if he fights in the state or not.

UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, who was representing the organization at today’s hearing, said the UFC will foot the nearly $20,000 bill for Barnett’s additional tests.

Barnett has flunked three drug tests (2001, 2002 and 2009) during his nearly-17-year mixed martial arts career. His second failed exam cost him his UFC heavyweight title, while his last unsuccessful screening caused Affliction Entertainment to go belly up.

Barnett admitted that he’s “made some mistakes” during today’s hearing. At the same time, the commission acknowledged Barnett did pass his October 15 drug test.

UFC 168 takes place New Year’s Eve weekend inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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