According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and UFC officials, it's... well, official. The drug tests have come back and all fighters at this month's UFC 196 have been cleared of having prepared for their respective fights with the supplement of any illicit or illegal drugs.
The NSAC, which regulated the March 5 pay-per-view event at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and tested 18 fighters from the card, came back with the results and all 18 fighters "checked out". None of them were using performance-enhancing drugs.
The six remaining fighters, including the event's main-event and co-main-event fighters (Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Holly Holm, and Miesha Tate) were tested by a separate UFC partner - the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The third-party testing firm found no adverse results from in and out of competition testing.
This news all came from UFC's Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky.
USADA's finding clears UFC featherweight champion (but UFC 196 loser) Conor McGregor and this is an interesting piece of news because during the press conference before the event, Nate Diaz accused McGregor and his camp of doping.
The finding also clears now-former women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm(10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who faced scrutiny due to a sponsorship deal with a supplement company that produced substances banned by the UFC. Holm lost her women’s bantamweight title when Miesha Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) choked her unconscious in the fifth round of their co-headliner.
This all comes on the heels of Kimbo Slice AND Ken Shamrock getting caught doping before Bellator 149. The UFC scored a 100% clean record in the wake of that debacle, and the promotion should be very happy because in modern day sports, steroids have been, and always will be, a factor.
Who do you think in MMA is doping these days?