This Saturday rotund Heavyweight Roy Nelson will fight Matt Mitrione in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. Nelson was originally scheduled to face Shane Carwin who coached opposite throughout the season. Carwin was forced from the fight a few weeks ago due to injury. Mitrione stepped up to take his place.
Two weeks out from the fight, Nelson extended the invitation to Mitrione to join him in additional drug testing provided by VADA. Nelson joined the testing program at the beginning of November after the same offer was declined by Carwin.
On the TUF 16 Finale conference call, Mitrione explained why he decided not to participate (via MMA Fighting):
Roy asked me, I don't remember what day it was, whatever day it was, it was probably a week and a half something like that ago," Mitrione said. "I just never, I had a bunch of other things going on. It felt like a little bit of a distraction, I just wasn't able to.
I have no problem with being tested, people can come and test me whenever they want. It's a couple weeks out on my training camps, I was so intent on getting my blinders put on, I cut my career off, I canceled my Twitter. I didn't want distractions on somewhat short notice, cutting a couple weeks out of my camp ... I wanted to make sure I didn't have any issues couldn't distract me.
As for Nelson, he wasn't overly concerned by Mitrione passing on the VADA testing:
Actually it wasn't that big of a deal, you know, I asked him and its either a yes or no question and that's all I can do is ask for it and you either take it or you don't," said Nelson. "You know, so far I'm 0 for 2.
So there it is. Roy Nelson has gone through the VADA drug testing program and presumably passed as we haven't heard anything to the contrary. Mitrione chose not to though he'll still be subject to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. They'll meet on December 15 in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.