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Patrick Cummins wants random drug testing for bout with Ovince St. Preux

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Patrick Cummins is interested in continuing the drug testing trends of his wrestling career when he meets Ovince St. Preux at UFC on Fox 15.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

UFC light heavyweight Patrick Cummins was a decorated NCAA wrestler at Penn State, and believes that his UFC career could mirror his wrestling career when it comes to drug testing. He is taking on Ovince St. Preux at UFC on Fox 15, and told MMA Fighting (via his manager) that he'd be interested in random testing ahead of the bout:

"These failed drug tests are getting out of control. OSP, let's do the right thing with random WADA testing like I did my entire wrestling career and let the fans see the results."

MMA Fighting tried to contact St. Preux directly, but he didn't respond. His manager did though:

"Hell yes," he said. "As long as [Cummins] makes him a coffee."

St. Preux did talk to Sherdog about it:

"I'll do the test. It's no problem for me. He said that he has been getting tested his whole wrestling career. Well, I've been getting tested for my entire football career. I'll take a test every day."

The latter part  of the manager's statement is obviously a crack at Cummins' situation right before he entered the UFC, where he was a barista at a coffee place and was fired for taking a call from Dana White. He dropped his first bout to Daniel Cormier on very short notice, but has gone on to win three straight bouts since then. St. Preux is 5-1 since coming over from Strikeforce.

MMA Fighting also contacted the New Jersey Athletic Control Board (UFC on Fox 15 is in Newark on April 18th) about the possible random testing. Nick Lembo gave them this statement:

"This agency does not typically make detailed comment about drug testing processes for specified events," he said. "The NJSACB has required blood, urine and/or hair testing at various times within the licensing period at past events and it would be fair to expect that we continue to do so."