MMAJunkie.com is reporting that, of eleven fighters who competed at WEC 50 and were drug tested post-fight, all fighters tested clean for “drugs of abuse and performance-enhancing drugs.” The news was confirmed by Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer.
The fighters who were tested were Dominick Cruz, Joseph Benavidez, Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes, Scott Jorgensen, Bart Palaszewski, Maciej Jewtuszko, Javier Vazquez, Fredson Paixao, Danny Castillo and Ricardo Lamas.
WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez 2 took place on August 18th at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card featured a bantamweight title fight between Champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Joseph Benavidez, a rematch of an earlier bout; Cruz and Benavidez fought a hard five rounds but Cruz did enough to retain his belt and take home a split-decision win. Anthony Pettis cemented himself as a lightweight contender with an impressive third round submission win over Shane Roller and Scott Jorgensen also established himself as a contender in the bantamweight division with an exciting, three round war with Brad Pickett in which he took home the unanimous decision.
All fighters tested at WEC 50 were either in the main event of the evening or were winners in their respective bouts; according to MMAJunkie, this is in keeping with NSAC protocol as the sanctioning body typically tests winners, main eventers and those who have failed tests in the past although all fighters are subject to testing.