Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal" drug test results are in from the California Athletic Commission (CSAC), which today confirmed that all eight fighters tested for illegal/banned drugs of abuse after competing at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif., on Sat., Dec. 17, 2011, have all passed with flying colors.
Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, as well as his opponent in the main event of the evening, Jorge Masvidal, were among those who were put under the microscope, as well as Gegard Mousasi, Ovince St. Preux, Cristiane Santos, Hirako Yamanaka, Devin Cole and Gabriel Salinas.
Each competitor was screened for drugs of abuse such as cocaine and marijuana, among others, the results for which all returned negative. Additional testing for performance-enhancing substances such as steroids was also taken; however, those results won't be in for at least another two weeks.
"El Nino" outlasted "GameBred" to earn a unanimous decision after five rounds of action to retain his 155-pound title. In the co main event of the evening, 145-pound female champion, "Cybrog," annihilated yet another poor soul, erasing Yamanaka in a furious 16-second assault.
"Melendez vs. Masvidal" also featured a 205-pound clash between former division champion, Gegard Mousasi, looking to topple the upstart Ovince St. Preux to earn the opportunity to compete for the light heavyweight title that Dan Henderson vacated earlier this year.
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