Kudos to the Nevada Athletic Commission for stepping up to the plate in the wake of several failed drug tests – and even some that were declined to be taken. We’re looking at you Wanderlei Silva.
UFC 178 headliners Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso confirmed in recent reports that they have been given random drug tests by the NAC ahead of their meeting next Saturday night for Johnson’s flyweight title.
I’m likely in the minority, but I still like to give fighters – and all athletes for that matter – the benefit of the doubt. I’m not one of those “everyone is guilty until proven innocent” people. Maybe I’m too naive, and I’m likely in the minority, but I like to think of sports for the better.
With a step-up in drug testing by the NAC and even the UFC for that matter, hopefully more and more commissions continue to do this. It’s going to be incredibly hard to get all banned substances and illegal drugs out of MMA, but the more testing done, the better.
Cariaso, who earned the surprise main event role and title shot, told MMAjunkie.com that it’s “pretty cool that they’re doing such a great job of trying to clean up this sport.
“It’s definitely a good thing for the sport. There’s a lot of talk out there about people on PEDs and stuff like that. I definitely think you don’t need it for this sport. You’ve just got to go out there and train hard, and you’ll get the results you need.”