Were Jackson/Winkeljohn Fighters Tested Before FN 42?
It seems there is some controversy surrounding UFC Fight Night 42 fighters from the famous Jackson-Winkeljohn gym. Ross Pearson’s teammate Dean Amasinger told MMAJunkie.com that Pearson said no Jackson-Winkeljohn fighters were on the list of fighters to be tested prior to UFC Fight Night 42 in Jackson-Winkeljohn’s backyard of Albuquerque.
“Ross was drug tested before the fight, which is perfectly normal,” he told MMAjunkie. “That’s absolutely fine, and all this stuff is supposed to be random. But when Ross came back from the drug test, he said to me, ‘I’ve seen the list; none of the Jackson guys are on the drug test list, or the New Mexican guys who are fighting on the card.’ And so I went and checked and that was the case.
“I made a note to (UFC site coordinator) Burt Watson and I said, ‘I want to let you know that I’m feeling uncomfortable about that.’”
MMAJunkie reached out to the New Mexico Athletic Commission to verify which fighters on the card were tested, but no news has surfaced yet.
Amasinger is also the fighter that formally put in an appeal for the decision that was in favor of Sanchez, which is being called the worst decision in MMA history.
With [Sanchez] being from New Mexico and specifically Albuquerque, there’s obvious connections there and obvious potential conflicts of interest,” Amasinger said. “They don’t have a lot of experience with bigger shows, and I think that’s another factor that’s played into this happening.”