Josh Barnett has been licensed to throw down with Travis Browne at UFC 168 in Las Vegas, but the renowned heavyweight will be randomly drug tested before and after the bout. In fact, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has ruled that the testing will have to be World Anti-Doping Agency certified. The good news for “The Warmaster”, however, is that the UFC has said they’ll pick up the tab (which apparently could be over 20 grand).

So, if you’re wondering why the NSAC has decided to test Barnett so extensively, it’s because the 35 year-old fighter has failed three drug tests throughout his career. According to a follow up report from MMA, Barnett said supplements that were later reclassified as anabolic steroids were responsible for failed tests in 2001 and 2002. The vet argued his failed test in 2009 was also due to contaminated supplements.

Barnett proceed to thank Dana White and the UFC for all “their support” via Twitter, and also tweeted the following:

So, all this testing stuff aside, most importantly this means Barnett’s fight with Browne is a go. Barnett made the most of his Octagon return at UFC 164, when he stopped fellow former champ Frank Mir in the first round. The #6 ranked heavyweight has gone 9-1 in his last ten fights, and his only been defeated by Daniel Cormier during that stretch.

The #5 ranked Browne, meanwhile, knocked out Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night 26 in August to continue his ascent up the heavyweight division. Oh, UFC 168 will also feature Weidman-Silva II and Rousey-Tate II; interested?

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