A lot of the news coming out of UFN 29 has been negative due to Rousimar Palhares holding on to his submission over Mike Pierce for too long, his subsequent cut from the UFC, and the aftermath. It did not help that Thiago Silva missed weight, plus won a lackluster fight over Matt Hamill.
Today, a bit of good news has surfaced regarding the card. All twenty fighters have passed their drug tests. Since the event was in Brazil, their commission, the CABMMA handled the testing.
So, why is it news that all the fighters passed their tests? Well, considering the history of some of the fighters on the card, this is great news. Jake Shields, Thiago Silva, Joey Beltran, and Rousimar Palhares have all previously failed tests during their UFC stints.
Jake Shields failed a test after defeating Ed Herman at UFC 150. Thiago Silva failed a test after his fights with Brandon Vera and Stanislav Nedkov. Joey Beltran failed a test after defeating Igor Pokrajac, and Rousimar Palhares failed a test in a loss to Hector Lombard. All of those wins were overturned to a No Contest after the failed tests.
It is good to see that the fighters have moved on from their pasts and have decided to be clean moving forward. Now if we can just get people to remember UFN 29 for the amazing Dong Hyun Kim KO, the Assuncao-Dillashaw fight, and Jake Shields defeating Maia.