M-1 Global Seeks “Strict Drug Testing” for Strikeforce Grand Prix

Written by Tom Ngo
January 19th, 2011

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There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pause] — shame on you. Fool me — [pause] — You can’t get fooled again.” Apparently, M-1 Global has decided to endorse the same philosophy as former President George W. Bush … more or less.

After watching Josh Barnett single-handedly destroy their massive “Affliction: Trilogy” payday with his flunked drug screening, Fedor’s longtime manager Vadim Finkelchtein will be pushing the sanctioning Athletic Commissions to enforce top notch testing for Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“Two out of eight fighters in the tournament previously failed a drug test. Obviously, I’m talking about Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva. We want fair competition for everyone, so that’s why I will ask the commission to perform a strict drug testing,” Finkelchtein said at Tuesday’s press conference (Translated by LowKick). “Fedor is not using any kind of substance to enhance his performance and will be ready for any kind of testing.

“So if the commission decides to follow our suggestion, we’ll be ready.”

While most assumed Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem and his behemoth build would be M-1 Global’s motivation for pursuing tougher exams, it appears the Russians are still quite bitter over what transpired in 2009 with Affliction.

“Our organization paid a heavy price after the cancellation of the fight between Josh Barnett and Fedor,” Finkelchtein added. “We did a lot of promotion for this fight, which in the end did not take place. That’s why as a promoter and manager, I don’t want this to happen ever again.”

Barnett has failed three drug tests during his controversial career, while Silva flunked one in July 2008. Overeem has never produced a positive drug screening.

Emelianenko meets Silva in the opening round of Strikeforce’s tournament on February 12th at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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