Josh Barnett granted conditional license by NSAC after agreeing to UFC-funded random WADA testing

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Josh Barnett and his attorneys attended a Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting today in regards to licensing ahead of his UFC 168 bout, and he became the first MMA fighter to agree to random WADA testing as a condition for his license.

UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett is one of the best fighters in the world, but has had a checkered past in terms of drug test failures. His original UFC run ended in 2002 after he tested positive for banned substances twice in a row in Nevada. Today, Barnett and his attorneys attended a Nevada State Athletic commission hearing in regards to licensing ahead of his UFC 168 bout with Travis Browne in Las Vegas. According to Zach Arnold of Fight Opinion, the commission made him take a drug test on October 15th, and grilled him regarding his past failures:

Barnett, who hasn't competed in Nevada since Pride 32 in 2006, then made a statement:

The MMA Report's Jason Floyd also tweeted about about the meeting:

According to Arnold, the testing would cost the UFC 20,000 dollars. UFC rep Marc Ratner was at the hearing and agreed that the UFC would pay for the testing. This will include random testing leading up to UFC 168, and for the whole year of 2014.

The commission then deliberated on the licensing, with only the commissioners being allowed to talk, not Barnett or his reps.

Eventually Barnett was granted his conditional license to fight at UFC 168 with the above conditions in place.

Before Barnett came in front of the commission, Chael Sonnen and Josh Koscheck were granted licenses for their UFC 167 fights.

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