Six of MMA’s best heavyweights underwent random drug testing after yesterday’s UFC 146 press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem were both tested on site, as were Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva. Tests were conducted by Quest Diagnostics agents, and the results should be available within one to two weeks. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, on Wednesday. Ron Kruck of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” first reported the news via Twitter.
The test marks the first of two required random samples that Overeem must submit in accordance with his December meeting with the NSAC, which granted the former Strikeforce champion a conditional license to compete against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.
Overeem had been asked to take a random test earlier that month but was unable to immediately comply due to his travel between the United States and the Netherlands. Several days after the request, Overeem submitted a sample in an approved facility in the United Kingdom that came back clean, allowing him to compete on Dec. 30. Overeem earned a technical knockout over Lesnar in the evening’s main event to earn his UFC title shot.
With Tuesday’s proceeding now behind him, “The Demolition Man” must submit to one more random drug test before his May 26 showdown with dos Santos, as per the terms of his UFC 141 conditional license.
Taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, UFC 146 features an all-heavyweight main draw and airs live on pay-per-view. Along with the dos Santos-Overeem headliner, the event will see former champions Mir and Velasquez collide in addition to showcasing “Bigfoot” Silva’s UFC debut against Nelson. Former UFC title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga also appears on the main card against Shane del Rosario, while onetime Pride Fighting Championships standout Mark Hunt faces lanky Dutchman Stefan Struve.