Barnett, Browne tested a dozen times prior to UFC 168


Prior to their UFC 168, both Travis Browne and Josh Barnett submitted to a strict drug testing program by WADA to ensure neither was utilizing performancing enhancing drugs to prepare for the bout. Both spoke to MMAJunkie about the process and how it was necessary to help the sport move forward:

Between them, UFC heavyweights Travis Browne and Josh Barnett have been drug-tested at least a dozen times prior to their UFC 168 fight.

“It was great,” Browne (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie. “Nothing like waking up to a man sitting on your porch at 7 o’clock in the morning, ready to watch you pee and take blood.”

While the fighters agreed the testing wasn’t always convenient, it was a done for a good cause: to keep the fight clean. “It can be trying in terms of scheduling, but otherwise, it’s not a big deal,” Barnett (33-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) said.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) required the fighters to undergo enhanced, out-of-competition testing in advance of Saturday’s pay-per-view event (10 p.m. ET) at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC 168 represents the first time the commission has sanctioned such stringent testing in MMA.

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The Sultan site profile image  

12/24/13 7:46 PM by The Sultan

Yea he definitely has a black eye on his record Because of the positive tests.

ssj site profile image  

12/24/13 6:46 PM by ssj

How come he isn't ripped if hes been on roids?

Morpheus1976 site profile image  

12/24/13 5:52 PM by Morpheus1976

WADA doesn't do shit, its only the rules.USADA does the WADA testing on USA ground.So, which testing they did, Mister Keith Kizer?

Emperor Nero site profile image  

12/24/13 5:46 PM by Emperor Nero

i dont judge anyone for steroids. in pro sports and since they were invented i cant even begin to understand the environments these guys are in and its just a fact they are around these days. im most concerned for anyones health who used them. i also want fair competition but that may be a bit idealistic. maybe if they get a good testing system down, people wont feel pressured to use them in the future.

Chiron site profile image  

12/24/13 5:32 PM by Chiron

Barnett is a beast either way.

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

12/24/13 4:02 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Every cloud........Great point.

Authority Figure site profile image  

12/24/13 4:01 PM by Authority Figure

At least Hunt got his $50K and Silva's $50K bonuses. Super payday for him!

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

12/24/13 3:28 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

I'm not a fan of drug cheats in general but as it's so prevalent in MMA I no longer care. I just assume they're all using, then when they get busted it's no surprise.It's the only way I can continue to enjoy watching MMA. Bigfoot was the final straw, what an amazing fight, forever tarnished by his cheating. On the flip-side it makes Hunts performance all the more impressive. That's how I'll remember that fight - how a 39yr old Hunt fought like a Lion against a drugged up Bigfoot. Regarding Barnett, him still maintaining his innocence leaves a sour taste. That aside I love watching him fight and hope he gets the W.

epwar site profile image  

12/24/13 3:15 PM by epwar

This.   It is funny how the UG worships him and completely forgets those pesky facts.

thatcpjguy site profile image  

12/24/13 2:56 PM by thatcpjguy

Considering Barnett's background in Japanese pro wrestling, the drugs used could mean alot. At the time, he probably made more money off of pro wrestling so it could've bed worth the risk to used steroids to enhance his 'look' and would mean him being off steroids shouldn't effect his performance since it was never taken for that reasoning anyways. However with his MMA mileage and his age it would be impossible to discriminate if his decreased performance is from a lack of roids or due from those listed factors.