Last month, it was Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira who underwent a random drugs test in the lead up to their championship bout.
Now, it is welterweights 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler and Jake 'The Juggernaught' Ellenberger who have been on the receiving end of a drugs test.
And it seems that this is one of many to come from both the Nevada State Athletic Commission and other Athletic Commissions. The chairman of NSAC Francisco Aguilar spoke to ESPN's Brent Okamoto and said:
"This is going to become the norm for all major fights in Las Vegas, both boxing and mixed martial arts.
"It lets everyone who is going to fight in Nevada know they have the chance to participate in an enhanced process. We are no longer going to just test fight night or post-fight. We're going to test depending on how we feel as a commission."
This seems like an excellent move from the NSAC. Whereas fighters would be tested after their fight, now it will crackdown hard on fighters gaining an unfair advantage. It removes clean fighters wasting their time if they meet an opponent who is using banned substances along with the promoters. Further, it can remove the threat of serious of injury to either party.
As much as the Athletic Commissions, the clean fighter and the promoters will want this to be as common as possible, there could be a problem with the cost. On the issue, Aguilar said:
"The expensive part is the collection. The lab is about $12,000 to do the analysis and collections, but you have to remain consistent in who the collector is and how they collect a sample. You don't give the fighters any notice.
"The collector calls and says, 'I'm half an hour away from your house. Be prepared to provide a sample.' That same collector has to fly from Salt Lake City to where the fighters live and train, collect a sample and then fly back. That's the most expensive part."
It is surprising that both Lawler and Ellenberger were tested as both fighters have been clean throughout their careers.
It should have been Dan Henderson and Daniel Cormier tested from the UFC 173 card in all honesty.
Henderson has come under fire for using Testosterone Replacement Therapy in the past, however now that it is banned, some may suspect of 'Hendo's' testosterone count.
UFC 173 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw for the UFC Bantamweight Title.
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