by Ivan Trembow and Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The first test results are in from the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s newly instituted out-of-competition drug testing program. According to NSAC executive director Keith Kizer, all of B.J. Penn’s test results for steroids and recreational drugs came back negative on Wednesday, April 23.
Penn was the first mixed martial arts fighter to be tested since the program was announced in a memo to “All Nevada Licensees” on Jan. 7, 2008.
In the memo, NSAC chairman John Bailey noted that some fighters “… have become very sophisticated in the timing of taking prohibited substances,” which is why the Commission has instituted additional random testing.
“Random testing throughout the year will further deter any fighters considering taking non-approved substances,” said Kizer. “The additional testing, which will be paid for by the Commission, will help us keep the sport of unarmed combat safe and fair for all fighters.”
The program has also tested two boxers, Shane Mosley and Zab Judah, both of whom tested negative.