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“UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Only Six Fighters Screened

Written by Tom Ngo
March 9th, 2011
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According to UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, all six “UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” contestants that were asked to submit a drug screening passed their respective exams.

In addition to featured fighters BJ Penn and Jon Fitch, Ratner told Heavy four other unnamed athletes were randomly selected to participate in the urinalysis. Twenty-four athletes competed inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia on February 26th.

While the show was overseen by the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, the UFC independently conducted the testing. The company screened for recreational substances (marijuana, cocaine, etc.), as well as performance-enhancing drugs.

After 15 grueling minutes of action, two of the three judges couldn’t declare a definitive winner between Penn and Fitch. As a result, the 170-pound top contender bout concluded in a highly controversial (29-28 Fitch, 28-28, 28-28) majority draw.

Speaking of drama, after Michael Bisping ended Jorge Rivera’s night early with a 2ndRound TKO drubbing in the night’s co-main event, the boisterous Brit spat in the direction of Rivera’s corner and proceeded to taunt his battered rival to his face.

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