Did the Nevada State Athletic Commission Do an Adequate Job Drug Testing for UFC 100?

Nvcom-lf-mr_mediumIvan Trembow has his doubts:

None of the fighters on the UFC 100 card were subjected to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's out-of-competition drug testing program, as confirmed by NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer on Sunday morning.

Out-of-competition drug tests differ from the NSAC's usual drug tests in the sense that with the out-of-competition testing, fighters do not know when they are going to be tested ahead of time.

Drug testing on the day of the weigh-in or the day of the fight is, of course, going to fail to detect a significant percentage of dopers because they will have had weeks to use advanced methods of flushing performance-enhancing drugs out of their bodies.

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Even when no other out-of-competition drug testing is performed, the NSAC usually orders out-of-competition tests to be performed on fighters who have previously failed drug tests in the state of Nevada.

In the case of UFC 100, that was not done. Stephan Bonnar was not ordered to take an out-of-competition drug test, despite the fact that Bonnar previously tested positive for Boldenone after a fight against Forrest Griffin in 2006. Boldenone is an anabolic steroid used by veterinarians to rehabilitate injured horses.

There's always been an aspect of the fox watching the hen house with the NSAC, especially given the Fertittas very close relationship with the commission. Lorenzo Fertitta was a member of the commission from November 1996 to July 2000. Zuffa Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner was NSAC Executive Director from 1992 to 2006.

I'm not saying that Zuffa doesn't want drug testing of its athletes, but I'm also saying that I'm certain it's better for business if there are not a string of inconvient positive test results before a big event.

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