Monday, March 5, 2007

PRIDE 33 Performance-Enhancement Free

By Josh Gross

Fighters tested for performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids and stimulants, following Feb. 24's PRIDE card in Las Vegas, Nevada, have tested clean, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to Monday morning.

In all, 10 fighters — Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Takanori Gomi, Nick Diaz, Mauricio Rua, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Joachim Hansen, and Jason Ireland — were tested.

Results for drugs of abuse should arrive in his offices later this week, NSAC executive officer Keith Kizer said.

Following PRIDE's first effort in Las Vegas last Oct., Vitor Belfort and Pawel Nastula yielded positive results for performance-enhancing substances, while Kevin Randleman provided a dubious test that appeared to consist of fake urine.

Belfort and Nastula's licenses are currently under suspension by the NSAC, while Randleman had his license revoked in the middle of Feb. He can reapply after Oct., 21 2007.

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