The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today confirmed that the entire field of fighters tested for drugs and illegal substances prior to their clash at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 Finale from "The Pearl" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 13, have all come back clean.
Phillipe Nover, Efrain Escudero, Ryan Bader, Vinny Magalhaes, Roli Delgado, Shane Nelson, Tom Lawlor, Eliot Marshall, Krzysztof Soszynski, Junie Browning, Wilson Gouveia and Anthony Johnson were all tested on fight night for performance enhancers such as steroids and other banned substances.
TUF 8 Finale sold 1,496 tickets for a live gate of $405,000, according to the NSAC.
The promotion dished out $289,000 in TUF 8 Finale fighter salaries for the Spike TV event, as well as $100,000 in additional bonus money for four participants who delivered outstanding performances.
Lightweight Efrain Escudero defeated Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision and Ryan Bader stopped Vinicius Magalhaes in the first round of their light heavyweight match to earn their respective season titles in the tournament-style competition.
In other main card action, Anthony Johnson scored sweet revenge over Kevin Burns with a perfectly-placed -- and fight-ending -- headkick in the third round of their welterweight contest. And Wilson Gouveia smashed Jason MacDonald to continue has climb to the top of the middleweight ladder.