The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today confirmed that 9 of the 20 competitors who were tested for illegal/banned substances after competing at WEC 44: "Brown vs. Aldo" on Nov. 18 have all passed with flying colors.
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and new division kingpin Jose Aldo, as well as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Shane Roller, Kamal Shalorus, LC Davis, Ricardo Lamas and Frank Gomez 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 WEC dished out $236,500 in fighter salaries for the Versus event at "The Pearl" from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and another $40,000 in additional bonus money for the four participants who delivered outstanding performances.
Jose "Junior" Aldo became the latest 145-pound champion in the WEC 44 main event, sending former belt keeper Mike Brown into another galaxy with a savage combination of strikes that had the ATT product dissolved on the canvas in the second round. And former Ultimate Fighter finalist Manny Gamburyan took care of ex-UFC lightweight Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision in the co featured fight of the night.