Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Silva" drug test results are in from the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, who today confirmed that all 20 fighters tested for illegal/banned substances after competing at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford back on Feb. 12, have all passed with flying colors.
While each competitor was screened (via urine test) for performance enhancers such as steroids and drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, among others, select tournament participants were also administered blood tests to try and pinch anyone looking to sneak their way down the yellow brick road.
Results from these battery of tests all returned negative.
After nearly ten years on top of mixed martial arts' heavyweight mountain, Fedor Emelianenko suffered his second straight loss under the Strikeforce banner with a second round technical knockout stoppage at the hands of Brazilian "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva in last month's trip to "The Garden State."
"Fedor vs. Silva" also featured a co-main event between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski in a losing effort against hard-hitting Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov. And by "losing effort" I mean he got knocked clean out for the third time in his last four fights.
"The Pitbull" vows to keep fighting.
In happier news, the Showtime network set a ratings record for the opening round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament with an average of 741,000 viewers and a main event peak of 1.1 million, a mark that easily surpasses "Carano vs. Cyborg," which took in a then-best 576,000 average and 856,000 peak.
Not too shabby.