by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Ten fighters participating on the UFC 74 fight card on Saturday night were drug tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
With all of the negative attention drawn to mixed martial arts lately for failures, particularly regarding performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, the results so far can be considered a small victory as all ten fighters that were tested returned negative results for performance enhancing drugs and stimulants.
The ten fighters tested included Roger Huerta, Alberto Crane, Georges St-Pierre, Josh Koscheck, Kendall Grove, Patrick Cote, Frank Mir, Antoni Hardonk, and title bout participants Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga. The other eight fighters on the card were not drug-tested.
The NSAC is still awaiting the results of the drugs of abuse tests, such as marijuana, which Executive Director Keith Kizer indicated take longer to process than the performance enhancing and stimulant drug tests.
UFC 74 took place on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Randy Couture defeated Gabriel Gonzaga to retain his UFC heavyweight championship, stopping the Brazilian by TKO.
Top contender Georges St-Pierre scored a unanimous decision over Josh Koscheck to earn a likely shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship early in 2008, facing the winner between Matt Serra and Matt Hughes on Dec. 29.