19 of 20 fighters from card tested
Drug tests for all fighters tested following their UFC 141 bouts have come back clean. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, on Monday released the results to HeavyMMA.
In all, 19 of the 20 fighters on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas were tested for both performance-enhancing drugs and for recreational drugs, and all 19 came back negative.
Only main card welterweight Jon Fitch was not tested, though the NSAC did not indicate the reason Fitch was not subject to the same tests as other fighters on the card. Fitch suffered a knockout at the hands of Johny Hendricks just 12 seconds into their fight on the pay-per-view. The NSAC told HeavyMMA on Monday that Fitch wasn’t tested because he lost his fight. The NSAC can test any fighter randomly following a fight, but typically tests all winning fighters and any fighter who has previously failed a test.
UFC 141 was headlined by a heavyweight No. 1 contenders fight between former UFC champ Brock Lesnar and former Strikeforce titleholder Alistair Overeem. Overeem won with a first-round TKO and will face champion Junior dos Santos for the UFC belt later this year. Overeem has been dogged by steroid rumors for several years, and there were issues with his pre-fight drug test for the NSAC. Those issues caused the commission to issue Overeem only a “conditional” license for the fight. He was required to submit to a drug test in England, another one as soon as he landed in the United States for the fight and will be subject to two more random screenings over the next six months.