by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting by Ivan Trembow)
Five fighters in and all clear.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission this year began out-of-competition testing for combat sports athletes. Thus far, as mixed martial artists go, five athletes have been tested outside of the day of their competition, and all five have come back clean.
The most recent mixed martial artists to be tested under the NSAC’s new drug testing program were Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder, and currently No. 1 ranked 205-pounder, Quinton Jackson and the July 5 challenger to his title, Forrest Griffin. Griffin is currently the No. 6 ranked light heavyweight in the world.
The two served as coaches on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. They will clash in the main event of UFC 86 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Jackson earned the UFC championship by defeating Chuck Liddell in the first round of their bout at UFC 71 then defended the belt from Dan Henderson in late 2007. Griffin earned his shot by defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76. Shogun was highly regarded as the No. 1 light heavyweight in the world at that point.
The other mixed martial artists that have been tested under the NSAC’s new out-of-competition process and returned negative results were current UFC
lightweight champion B.J. Penn, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
The procedure includes testing both for performance enhancing substances and drugs of abuse.