Josh Barnett is a pioneer in many ways in MMA but the one thing he pioneered the use of most flagrantly was the “tainted supplement” excuse for positive steroid tests. Barnett, who’s flunked drug tests three times in his career, will become the first fighter ever to be tested under random WADA tests by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Barnett previously failed post-fight drug tests in Nevada in 2001 and 2002. Both were following wins over Bobby Hoffman and Randy Couture, the latter for the UFC heavyweight title. He most recently failed a pre-fight drug test in California for a 2009 bout with Fedor Emelianenko under the Affliction banner, causing the promotion and the event to go under in one fell swoop. All three tests he blamed on “tainted supplements” and has since sworn them off in his training.
The tests, which will be paid for by the UFC, will require Barnett to undergo WADA certified random drug testing through December 31, 2014. It also will be required even if he fights outside of the state, as well.
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