Texas Combative Sports Program to Test Entire UFC 185 Card for PEDs, Drugs of Abuse

By C.J. Tuttle Mar 12, 2015

All 24 fighters involved in UFC 185 will submit urine tests to the Texas Combative Sports Program prior to stepping foot inside the Octagon on Saturday.

The pay-per-view takes place at American Airlines Arena in Dallas and features a main event that pits Anthony Pettis against Rafael dos Anjos for the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title.

Greg Alvarez, director of Texas’ regulatory body, informed Sherdog.com that all fighters will be subjected to the test. The sample will then be sent to Redwood Toxicology Laboratory in Santa Rosa, Calif., for analysis of performance enhancing drugs as well as drugs of abuse. Results are usually available in five to 10 business days.

As was previously reported by MMAFighting.com, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation currently has no policy in place that calls for random, out-of-competition tests before boxing or mixed martial arts events. In addition, there are no immediate plans to implement a program calling for such examinations in the future.

With the results now back from UFC Fight Night “Mir vs. Bigfoot,” the Las Vegas-based promotion has now gone two consecutive events without any fighters testing positive. The entire UFC 184 card were given blood and urine tests by the California State Athletic Commission, but those results have not yet been announced.


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