by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
All nine fighters that were drug tested following World Extreme Cagefighting’s March 26 event in Las Vegas came back negative, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.
The fighters tested were Doug Marshall, Brian Stann, Chael Sonnen, Bryan Baker, Rich Crunkilton, Marcus Hicks, Logan Clark, Steve Cantwell, and Alex Serdyokov. All nine were tested both for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana, cocaine, etc.) and performance enhancing substances (such as steroids).
The NSAC uses a variety of processes in testing fighters. In some cases, such as Marshall and Stann, both fighters in a single bout are tested, while at other times, such as Crunkilton or Hicks’ cases, random winners are tested.
Kizer indicated that the NSAC will likely continue to use a combination of both methods, and “maybe some others” in its testing procedures.
He also stated that in Nevada there have been “no positive tests yet this year, although we have tested way more fighters in January through March 2008 than in any other January through March period of years past.”