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Texas regulatory body won't provide out-of-competition testing ahead of UFC 185

Are you tired of all that talk about PEDs and drug testing? Well, then the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation can give you a real treat; they don't intend to run out-of-competition drug tests on any fighter from the UFC 185 card.

Anthony Pettis will defend his lightweight title at UFC 185
Anthony Pettis will defend his lightweight title at UFC 185
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The recent slew of UFC fighters caught in random, out-of-competition drug tests will likely come to an end at UFC 185 in March. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the regulatory body responsible for sanctioning the event, doesn't have any policy in place that could enable them to do random, out-of-competition testing for MMA and boxing fights.

Greg Alvarez, their Combative Sports Program director told MMAFighting.com:

"Nobody has ever brought it up," Alvarez said. "If it gets brought up at our medical board, then it would get put on the agenda and we would talk about it."

That hasn't happened yet, and won't happen anytime soon, according to Alvarez. The authority will only test every fighter on the day of the fight.

"When we test, we test whether it's going to affect their ability that day in that fight," Alvarez said. [...] The way it's set up here in Texas, we don't do that pre-testing beforehand. Just the day of."

Alvarez explained that it would take ten days to receive the results of those tests, which means, regardless of a fighter passing it or not, he will still be able to step into the octagon on fight night.

The governing bodies run drug tests on their own expense. In Nevada and California, the UFC voluntarily bears all costs for additional out-of-competition drug testing. This has not been the case in Texas. Alvarez revealed that the UFC hadn't contacted him on that matter.

That comes as quite a surprise given how many top-name UFC fighters have been caught over last couple of weeks. Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz and Jon Jones have all failed random pre-fight drug tests weeks before their fights.

UFC 185 will take place in Dallas, Texas on March 14 and features title fights between lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos, as well as women's strawweight champion Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.