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Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin Tapped for Random Drug Testing by NSAC, Ahead of TUF 16 Finale Fight


(Not pictured: Fabricio Werdum and Junior Dos Santos, merrily sharing a caipirinha.)

All of Roy Nelson‘s rabble-rousing about drug-testing has paid off…sort of. While Big Country has been campaigning to have his upcoming fight against Shane Carwin overseen by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), it was confirmed today that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has informed both fighters that they’ll be subject to random testing at some point before their December 15th meeting at the TUF 16 Finale. The fighters will need to provide samples within 24 hours of request, and the results will be returned in approximately two weeks.

(Serious question: The NSAC is completely within its rights to randomly drug test fighters out of competition, so why is it necessary to inform those fighters that that’s what it intends to do? I’m just saying, if you were Nelson or Carwin, and you were, hypothetically, using steroids up until yesterday, and the NSAC calls you and says they’re going to randomly test you sometime in the next two months, wouldn’t that be your signal to stop using PEDs immediately and hope they’re out of your system by the time they ask for your piss?)

If you’ve been keeping up on this story, you know that Carwin’s camp had been against VADA’s involvement from the beginning, with Shane’s manager Jason Genet calling VADA an “opportunistic” organization with an “anti-Shane” bias, and questioning why an independent testing body is any better than the athletic commission testing currently in place for MMA fighters. “I’m questioning where the relevancy coming from,” Genet said earlier this week. “As a manager, it’s not that I wouldn’t agree with outside testing. I want to know what’s wrong with what’s currently taking place.”

So here’s Brent Brookhouse of BloodyElbow, pointing out the criticism that this immediately opens Shane and his camp up to:

First of all, “what’s wrong with the testing” is that it’s woefully bad. VADA tests for more substances and via more methods than anything the commissions are doing. Commissions aren’t engaging in Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, VADA is. To act like there’s the slightest debate over if VADA is better than the commission checking urine is absurd and nonsense of the highest degree…Now, with Carwin’s prior attachment to a steroid pharmacy and now looking like they’re ducking VADA testing, the accepted best method for combat sports testing, is not going to make Shane look particularly good.

And wasn’t that Nelson’s intention all along? Like BJ Penn and Floyd Mayweather before him, this public outcry to “clean up the sport” is just a new form of gamesmanship, in which a fighter can make his opponent come off as a cheater in the eyes of the public, simply by refusing the special terms laid out by his opponent. If Carwin winds up whooping Nelson’s ass, Nelson can always call the result into question. Who knows what Shane was really using before the fight, right? The VADA testing could have revealed the truth, but Shane ducked it. Maybe the fight would have gone a different way if blah blah blah, etc.

For now, the NSAC’s random testing will have to be good enough. And while that testing isn’t the most effective method available, it’s not completely useless either.

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doowm- October 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Oh and about the actual story: It's obvi that the nsac is in the ufc's pkt and basically warned Carwin that they were gonna test so he'd have time to clean himself up (3-5 days of hardcore water dringking and exercising and voila!)
This was also to shut up Nelson about VADA.
In short: They're doing it to make it appear legiotamte when they test Carwin/Nelson, but in reality doing it for UFC to save the ppv by allowing Nelson to clean up. (*good for Roy btw, he might KO that Roided up ngineer!)
doowm- October 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm
First off let me just say: FUCK BRENT BROOKHOUSE AND BLOODY FUCKIN ELBOW!
Ahem....now that that's off my chest let me explain. I used to love bloody elbow. Went there everyday, then ol' brenty boy all of a fuckin sudden starts wanting to post boxing articles like every fuckin day. And this isn't too long after some boxer or 'nother had been saying how "gay mma was" and so on and so forth. Well I post a comment about how SBnation has a fuckin boxing site and those articles should be posted over there cause fuck boxing and yadda yadda.....well next time I log on I have a privet mssg from Brent talking bout "He's been apart of meetings that I haven't and he knows what the readers want" he went on but long story short he banned me for the post. So fuck em and I love cage potato and by no means intend to tell you how to run your site but pleas join me in not wanting to know any regurgitated shit that fuckin wanna be boxing writer posts! thx cp.
RSparrow- October 19, 2012 at 1:10 am
There's two heavyweights in the UFC that you should care about, JDS and REEM. THATS ALL!!! Fuck all this WWE, ratings, and politics bullshit. Two men run that division. It's tough to call because we all have our opinions, but those are the boys who are gonna make you reluctantly buy that 50 dollars. They deserve it.. I love Carwin and Big Country, but give me a fucking break. Scroll up. Carwin will take this one. But NO ONE will beat JDS, and if there's anyone close, its gonna be Reem. Period, end of story. NO ONE will beat JDS, if its anyone its the Reem. NOOOOO OOOOONE will beat JDS, if anyone gets lucky enough, its horse meat.
The_Dead_Cow- October 19, 2012 at 2:06 am
Velasquez, Cormier, Werdum, yeah ok pal.....
Mr_Misanthropy- October 19, 2012 at 1:02 am
They Look like they just completed the championship rounds of a pie eating contest with good ol' fashioned cherry pies.
samclark- October 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm
To bitch about a future opponent possibly on gear means your either doubting your ability to win or admiring that juicy physique. Lol
mma4ever- October 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm
It looks like big roy ate a mean body shot that caused him to loudly shit himself
angry little feet- October 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm
I am way more interested in this thing called caipirinha than I am in this season of TUF to be honest.
BaghdadBob- October 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm
Yeah, there's nothing "random" about specific fighters knowing the authorities plan on testing them.
ArmFarmer- October 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Random (adjective): When you tell someone somethings going to happen in advance so that they know it's coming
samclark- October 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Hahaha! Thumbs up!
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