The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today confirmed that 9 of the 18 competitors who were tested for illegal/banned substances after competing at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale on Dec. 5 have all passed with flying colors.
TUF 10 finalists and main event participants Roy "Big Country" Nelson and Brendan Schaub were tested along with Matt Hamill, Jon Jones, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, Frankie Edgar, Matt Mitrione, John Howard and Mark Bocek, who were all screened for performance enhancers such as steroids and drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, among others.
Results from these battery of tests all returned negative.
The fighters mentioned above were randomly selected. However, athletic commissions typically test the main event participants and fight night winners, as well as those who have failed tests in the past.
The UFC dished out $351,000 in fighter salaries for the Spike TV event from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and another $25,000 in additional bonus money for the four participants who delivered outstanding performances.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale featured newly-crowned TUF 10 champion Roy Nelson making his Octagon debut a memorable one, treating Brendan Schaub like fruit at a Gallagher concert and scoring "Knockout of the Night" with a single punch.
Also in action, Kimbo Slice huffed and puffed his way to a unanimous decision victory over the fast-stepping of Houston Alexander while Jon Jones picked up a controversial disqualification loss to Matt Hamill after hammering him with some illegal elbows.