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| | Barnett to be tested PRIOR to his participation in StrikeForces HW tournament
Strikeforce to conduct independent drug testing for second tourney quarterfinal event | MMAjunkie.com
Strikeforce will for the second time conduct independent drug testing of its competitors at an event. |
Several fighters appearing on an upcoming fight card slated for June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas will be tested for drugs of abuse and performance-enhancers drugs, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) via email.
The CEO did not specify whether the testing will take place before or after the event, though he confirmed that tournament competitor Josh Barnett will be required to pass a pre-fight drug test before he's allowed to fight.
Strikeforce conducted independent testing of all fighters who fought this past May at "Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery" in St. Louis, Mo., in response to concerns that the state athletic commission's random post-fight test protocols were not sufficient. That event was headlined by Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who often has been accused of using performance-enhancers despite no evidence of having ever failed a drug test.
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