When Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker learned that the Missouri Office of Athletics would only be instituting random post-fight drug testing on the fighters that competed on last weekend’s Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery fight card in St. Louis, he made the choice to have each fighter that competed on the main card screened by a local urinalysis lab. Coker told Sherdog.com that he did so because he wanted to head critics off at the pass.
“When the commission here said they’d only be random testing, I didn’t want there to be an ounce of doubt and have all these critics say, ‘Ah, Alistair didn’t get tested, Feijao didn’t get tested,’” Coker said.
Much of that criticism would have been directed at the promotion’s heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem, due to much-tossed-about rumors of the Dutchman’s alleged steroid use. Coker and company recently told Sherdog that Overeem’s results have come in and that he did indeed pass the urinalysis, which was conducted after the official weigh-ins.
Of the ten fighters tested, six of their results have come back and they too have been negative. Those fighters are Antonio Silva (who tested positive in 2008 for the anabolic steroid Boldenone), Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Joey Villasenor, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, and Antwain Britt. Coker said that they are still awaiting test results for Kevin Randleman, Roger Gracie, Brett Rogers and Andrei Arlovski.
Missouri commissioner Tim Leuckenoff told Sherdog that the results of the Missouri Office of Athletics’ random drug testing will only be publicly released if the state seeks to file a case against an athlete based on the test results.