If there was one fight you could count on not falling apart due to any surprise positive steroid tests, it's the upcoming Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon bout at UFC 155 in three weeks (Dec. 29, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Just to be sure, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) chose both Miller and Lauzon as surprise entrants in the renewed out-of-competition random drug testing for athletes with bouts coming up in the state.
Thankfully, both lightweights tested negative for both steroids and diuretics and their main card bout will be going forward as scheduled.
Miller originally stepped in to accept the Lauzon fight following a knee injury to original opponent Gray Maynard, who was forced to back out.
The NSAC reinstated out of competition drug testing following a vote earlier this year. Heavyweights Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson were originally tested for their Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale fight and both also passed, although the bout fell apart when Carwin's knee injury didn't heal in time.
That's a much better scenario than the original random test which snared Alistair Overeem with a whopping T/E ratio which nixed his shot at the UFC heavyweight title and has kept him out of action until later this month.
What's your take on the out of competition drug testing done by Nevada, Maniacs? Is it working? Or is it a waste of time?