UFC 184’s headliners underwent an out-of-competition drug test earlier this month and recently passed, according to the event’s overseeing athletic commission.
California State Athletic Commission Executive Director Andy Foster today told MMAjunkie that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Cat Zingano (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) were tested via urine for performance-enhancers (a World Anti-Doping Agency full menu for substances banned out-of-competition) and came back negative.
UFC 184 takes place Feb. 28 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Rousey is attempting the fifth defense of her title in the main event.
Foster said Zingano was tested Feb. 10 while Rousey was tested a day later. The samples were sent to the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, a WADA-accredited lab the CSAC uses for all of its drug testing. The commission requested the results be expedited.
Earlier this month, the high-profile Nevada State Athletic Commission was embarrassed when it failed to expedite the results of an out-of-competition test for ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva, whose failure stemming from a Jan. 9 test wasn’t known until after his headliner with Nick Diaz at UFC 183.
On Wednesday, the UFC held a press conference promising added assistance to state athletic commissions’ anti-doping efforts, including bankrolling fight-night and out-of-competition testing, as well as urging the regulators to up the penalties for PED offenses.
The CSAC currently pays for in- and out-of-competition drug testing related to events it regulates.