The VADA saga continues with Roy Nelson (17-7) discussing why it’s imperative to the sport. VADA offered to randomly drug test fighters for the finale of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), but only Nelson was willing to take part.
“It’s important for people to know that you’re drug-free,” said Nelson to Blood Elbow. “Doing the extra steps that you do on your own, versus doing just what the UFC or the commission asks of you is giving more back to the fans. It’s like putting in that extra round for them.”
Both of Nelson’s opponents turned down the offer. Shane Carwin (12-2) was originally set for the fight, but pulled out last month with an injury. He was replaced by Matt Mitrione (5-1), who said that VADA testing was a distraction. Nelson looked at both fighters declining VADA as a step back for the sport.
“Let’s clean up our sport together,” said Nelson. “If you say no, then there’s a reason why. I’m not here to judge, but you obviously have a reason why you’re saying no. We’re trying to take steps forward, and every time someone says no, it takes us 20 steps back.”
Nelson vs. Mitrione will headline this Saturday’s TUF finale from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The show starts at 9 p.m. ET. FightLine will have live coverage of the event.