The fighters who appeared on the dais for today’s UFC 146 official announcement press conference were given surprise drug tests upon the presser’s conclusion.
UFC 146 will take place on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was also the site of today’s press conference. Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck first reported the news of the unannounced testing, with MMAFighting confirming the report shortly thereafter with Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director, Keith Kizer.
Having just recently received the budget room to perform out-of-competition drug testing for mixed martial arts events, this instance marks the first time in NSAC history that drug testing has been conducted so far out from a fight.
The fighters tested were main event competitors Junior dos Santos (UFC heavyweight champion) and Alistair Overeem, as well as supporting fighters Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Of the fighters tested, only Antonio Silva has tested positive for a banned substance in the past, having registered the presence of the anabolic steroid boldenone in his system following a 2008 TKO victory over Justin Eilers in EliteXC. Alistair Overeem has been hounded by speculation of steroid usage ever since bulking up from light heavyweight to heavyweight, but has never tested positive in the past, despite being put through rigorous testing for his most recent fight against Brock Lesnar, which took place in Las Vegas.