The Texas regulatory body has no plans to test any UFC 185 fighters out of competition.
Greg Alvarez, the Texas Combative Sports Program director, told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has no policy in place that would enable random, out-of-competition testing before MMA fights and boxing matches.
“Nobody has ever brought it up,” Alvarez said. “If it gets brought up at our medical board, then it would get put on the agenda and we would talk about it.”
UFC 185 takes place March 14 live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Alvarez went on to say that the ‘TDLR’ will administer pre-fight, in-competition testing the day of UFC 185 for all fighters at the sanctioning body’s cost. He said no one from the UFC has contacted him about implementing random testing.
Some of the UFC’s most high-profile fighters have recently tested positive in random, out-of-competition drug screenings. Those fighters include UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former title challenger Nick Diaz.
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