The last time the Nevada Athletic Commission randomly drug tested Vitor Belfort (pictured), the UFC middleweight top contender failed miserably by clocking high levels of testosterone.
So, why has the NAC not surprised Belfort with another drug screening after voting unanimously to grant him a license exactly three months ago, particularly when one of the three stipulations they laid out was Belfort agreeing to fully comply with random drug exams throughout his training camp in preparation for UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman?
MMAFighting.com spoke with NAC executive director Bob Bennett who confirmed they haven’t sprung any pop quizzes on Belfort because the UFC informed him that Belfort and Weidman would likely collide in California next year, so the drug testing duties would be transferred to the California State Athletic Commission.
Weidman was slated to defend his throne against Belfort at UFC 181 in Las Vegas, but was forced to pull out of the December 6 event with a broken hand. UFC president Dana White said the bout would probably be rescheduled for February 2015, but never mentioned it would take place in Cali.
Regardless, the NAC still had two months to randomly drug test Belfort prior to Weidman fracturing his haymaker, and didn’t. Surprised? Weidman sure is.
“wow! Thought he’s been getting tested countless times. Hasn’t been tested once since fight announcement 3 months ago!?” Weidman tweeted Thursday seconds after MMAFighting’s report surfaced.
CSAC executive officer Andy Foster will spearhead Belfort’s drug testing schedule if/when the UFC officially announces Weidman vs. Belfort for CA.
According to the trusty rumor mill, UFC 184 is likely headed to Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 28.