Amid all the hullabaloo of UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones' positive drug test and subsequent entrance into a drug treatment facility, a refreshing and welcome bit of news was dropped earlier today, courtesy of MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Vitor Belfort has been randomly tested three times already in the leadup to UFC 184 where he will face off against middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. The testing has been performed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, despite the fact that his fight will be in California, and according to NAC executive director Bob Bennett, they plan on testing him again before the fight. Bennett went on to note that the Belfort household had been very cooperative throughout the multiple days of testing:
"Both him and his wife have been extremely cooperative, polite, professional and friendly throughout this process," Bennett said. "They have been consummate pros to date."
In July, the Nevada Athletic Commission granted Vitor a license to fight in the state of Nevada on a conditional basis. One of those conditions was that he would cooperate with any and all random blood or urine testing no matter where he is. NAC commissioner Anthony Marnell had this to say at the time:
"We're going to drug test you to the day you retire. That's my definition of reasonable. We, in my opinion, should be in and around your career until the day you call it quits."
Andy Foster, the California State Athletic Commission executive officer, stated in October that they intended to test Belfort 3-5 times before UFC 184, but since Nevada has been handling the testing up to this point, he sees no reason to double up on their efforts, and will take over Vitor's testing once Nevada hands it off to California. He went on to add that CSAC had already given Chris Weidman a random test, which he passed.
Bloody Elbow will update our readers on this story as more information becomes available.