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UFC 96: OAC tests 11 fighters for drugs after 'Jackson vs. Jardine' event

The Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) announced today that 11 of the 20 combatants who competed at UFC 96: "Jackson vs. Jardine″ at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 8 were tested for illegal/banned substances.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson along with Shane Carwin, Matt Brown, Matt Hamill, Gray Maynard, Tamdan McCrory, Kendall Grove, Jason Day, Jason Brilz, Brandon Vera and Shane Nelson were all screened for performance enhancers such as steroids, as well as drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, among others.

Results of these tests should be available soon, which will pass along as quickly as possible. 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.

UFC dished out $762,000 in fighter salaries for the pay-per-view (PPV) event and another $180,000 in additional bonus money for three participants who delivered outstanding performances.

Rampage defeated Keith Jardine via unanimous decision to earn another crack at the 205-pound title against "Sugar" Rashad Evans at UFC 98 on May 23. And heavyweight sensation Shane Carwin put himself into possible title contention with a first round drubbing of established veteran Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga.

For complete UFC 96 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here .

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