According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and five other “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” competitors have tested NEGATIVE for anabolic steroids and other drugs of abuse.
In addition to Ubereem, Coker confirmed with Sherdog.com that Antonio Silva, Joey Villasenor, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Antwain Britt all produced clean drug screenings as well.
Results for Overeem’s challenger Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, Roger Gracie, and Kevin Randleman are still pending.
Immediately following last Friday’s weigh-ins, Coker requested to have all of the main card’s participants submit to an internal drug test conducted by a local independent laboratory. The urgency to hold their own screening intensified after it was discovered the Missouri Office of Athletics, the governing body that oversaw last Saturday’s Showtime broadcast, would only execute RANDOM post-fight testing.
Missouri commissioner Tim Leuckenoff told the website that the state’s protocol is to keep results confidential, however if the state agency filed a disciplinary case against a fighter that tested positive, the results would become public information after the Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission is handed the case.
Although Coker said the internal testing wasn’t brought about by any particular fighter, ahem Ubereem, it was clearly a wise choice to test all of the main fighters to leave no doubt as to the legitimacy behind his company’s product.