The Nevada State Athletic Commission reportedly has selected Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson for out-of-competition testing in advance of their fight at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the impending test, which was subsequently confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) by the fighters' representatives.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission declined comment on the matter.
Carwin manager Genet said the commission notified Carwin today of several potential testing locations in the Denver area and gave the fighter a "short timeframe" to attend one. The fighter consented.
Nelson would presumably take the test in his hometown of Las Vegas, though the details of it could not be confirmed.
The heavyweights and opposing coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 16" have recently made headlines over possible additional drug testing for their fight, which headlines the Dec. 15 event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and airs on FX and FUEL TV.
Through rep Mike Kogan, Nelson invited Carwin to participate in out-of competition testing with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), imploring the opposing coach to set an example for the sport.
In an interview with MMAjunkie.com, Genet said he wasn't opposed to additional testing but questioned VADA's credibility after it posted a defamatory story on its website (VADA said it had no knowledge of the story's author and said an intern who posted the content was fired).
Genet said he reached out today to Nelson's camp to discuss additional options for out-of-competition testing.
Now, it appears the process has found them. The NSAC reinstated the program late last year after budget problems shelved it in fiscal year 2010-2011.
Most famously, Alistair Overeem failed a random test in advance of his scheduled fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146, which forced the UFC to scratch him and install Frank Mir.