The Maryland State Athletic Commission made MMA headlines recently when it was revealed that they had administered out-of-competition random drug tests to both light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as well as his upcoming title challenger at UFC 172, Glover Teixeira.
Following their groundbreaking decision on Wednesday, MSAC Executive Director Patrick Panella has released an official statement regarding the testing procedure for UFC 172.
The statement can be viewed below:
"The Maryland State Athletic Commission respects, and maintains, the confidentiality of the out-of-competition random drug testing currently being conducted of professional MMA fighters Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira as they prepare to compete in UFC 172 on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Given that one or both of these individuals have commented publicly on such testing, the Maryland State Athletic Commission commends Mr. Jones and Mr. Teixeira, as well as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), for their cooperation in supporting these additional drug testing measures. The Maryland State Athletic Commission believes that such measures are significant and reflect favorably upon the sport of MMA.
We are looking forward to regulating UFC 172 in Baltimore. To ensure the confidentiality of testing, there will be no further comment from the Maryland State Athletic Commission on this subject at this time."
Another interesting aspect of Wednesday's random drug testing is that the UFC is solely responsible for paying for the out-of-competition test. While Teixeira's test took place over two weeks ago, the organization will be paying for both tests.
UFC 172 is scheduled to take place April 26, at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.