Travis Browne will undergo strict drug testing prior to UFC 168. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Josh Barnett is not the only heavyweight who will undergo World Anti-Doping Agency testing ahead of UFC 168.
Barnett’s opponent, Travis Browne, will submit to the same WADA process ahead of the Dec. 28 event, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer verified Browne’s participation with Sherdog.com on Tuesday following an initial report from MMAJunkie.com. Kizer also confirmed that the UFC will pay for both fighters’ testing fees.
The NAC last week announced that Barnett will be required to undergo the additional testing as a requirement for receiving a license to fight in the state. “The Warmaster” will also submit to random testing from the NAC through the end of 2014, regardless of whether he fights in Nevada next year.
While Barnett has failed three prior drug tests, Browne has never tested positive for a banned substance. “Hapa” joined the UFC in 2010 and has racked up a promotional record of 6-1-1, with his only loss coming to Antonio Silva. The 31-year-old has won back-to-back fights by knockout, first stopping Gabriel Gonzaga in April before doing the same to ex-Strikeforce ruler Alistair Overeem this summer at UFC Fight Night 26.