UFC 98 Fighters Clean For Pre-Fight Drugs

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Thursday released the results of pre-fight drug tests for four fighters involved in next weekend’s UFC 98.

Tested for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse were former welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, who face off in the co-main event of the evening, as well as former lightweight champion Sean Sherk and his opponent, Frankie Edgar.

All fighters came back negative.

Sherk was required to submit to pre-fight drug testing as a condition of licensure in Nevada. In July of 2007, he was flagged by the California State Athletic Commission for the use of Nandrolone; a charge he denies to this day.

Kizer told MMAWeekly.com that Nevada’s pre-fight testing was going well a year and a half into its history.

“We’re quite pleased with the fact that all the out-of-town drug tests we’ve done have come back negative,” he said. “That’s what we were hoping for. It’s just another step towards education of the fighters as well as a deterrent to the fighters against using banned substances. Hopefully they’ll keep coming back negative.”

Kizer said the up to 48-hour notice given to fighters prior to pre-fight testing will remain.

“It depends on the situation, but usually I give them 48 hours,” he continued. “We don’t have the budget to send collectors out to people’s homes, so we have to work with the fighters. But 48 hours, from my understanding with the labs, is not an issue when you’re dealing with steroids. Most fighters do it within 24 hours.”