World Series of Fighting can breathe easy.
MMAFighting.com has reported that Rousimar Palhares has passed a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and will now be licensed to fight Steve Carl for the World Series of Fighting Welterweight Championship this Saturday Night on NBC Sports Network.
The NSAC originally asked Palhares to submit a sample three weeks ago, but the fighter was unable to find a suitable lab to submit the sample in Brazil. Instead, Palhares flew to Las Vegas last week to submit his sample. Had Palhares tested positive, Tyler Stinson would have been pulled from his match-up with Josh Burkman on the main card and inserted into the main event opposite Carl.
Palhares having to take a random pre-fight drug test is just the latest move in the NSAC’s strategy to cut down on drug abuse in combat sports. The commission famously pulled Alistair Overeem from a 2012 championship bout against Junior dos Santos due to failing a random pre-fight drug test for elevated tesosterone levels. Palhares was subject to his pre-fight test due to his positive test for elevated testosterone after his 2012 loss to Hector Lombard in Australia.
Palhares passing his test is great for World Series of Fighting. The promotion is able to keep one of their biggest stars on the card which will undoubtedly lead to increased revenue. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, Palhares is always an interesting fighter to watch. The possibility of Palhares prematurely celebrating a victory or holding on to a submission are high which makes for great television.
The NSAC also comes out of this situation looking great. For years the NSAC has been somewhat of a laughingstock for commissions. With their new emphasis on pre-fight drug testing, they can now truly return to the prominent role as model athletic commission.
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