Over the past few months, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been working hard to increase drug testing and that has resulted in every fighter on the card being drug tested leading up to an event. That apparently all changed this past weekend when the New Mexico Athletic Commission conducted tests for UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque.
According to Ross Pearson’s teammate, Dean Amasinger, there wasn’t a single fighter from the famed Jackson/Winklejohn camp that was tested by the commission.
“Ross was drug tested before the fight, which is perfectly normal,” Amasinger told MMAjunkie. “That’s absolutely fine, and all this stuff is supposed to be random. But when Ross came back from the drug test, he said to me, ‘I’ve seen the list; none of the Jackson guys are on the drug test list, or the New Mexican guys who are fighting on the card.’ And so I went and checked and that was the case.
“I made a note to (UFC site coordinator) Burt Watson and I said, ‘I want to let you know that I’m feeling uncomfortable about that.’”
If those comments are true, that is certainly some troubling news.
Throughout the night, a number of questionable decisions were made including an absolute gift decision in favor of Diego Sanchez and a questionable stoppage that benefited another Jackson/Winklejohn fighter, John Dodson.
The suspicious activity throughout the weekend has lead to some well-deserved criticism of the New Mexico commission and there are a number of questions that need to be answered.
The UFC has expressed a desire to return to Albuquerque in the future, but they will need to think twice and determine whether or not the New Mexico commission is fit for the job of governing an event.