Jun 7, 2014; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Diego Sanchez (red) celebrates his victory over Ross Pearson (blue) after their lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night 42 at Tingley Coliseum. Sanchez won via split decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Jackson disputes drug test rumors


Greg Jackson was quick to disagree and shoot down any notion that his fighters didn’t get drug tested during UFC’s debut in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Last week, members of Ross Pearson’s camp made controversial statements, saying that Jackson-Winklejohn fighters on the UFC Fight Night 42 card in Albuquerque were not subjected to drug tests.

However, coach Greg Jackson disputed those claims, saying that main event fighter Rustam Khabilov was indeed tested.

“I know for a fact they tested Rustam, because I was there when they tested him. I think they tested (Erik Perez) too, but I’m 100 percent sure they tested Rustam,” Jackson said to MMA Junkie.

Pearson lost a controversial decision to Diego Sanchez, who happens to be a Jackson-Winklejohn fighter.

According to SWFight.com, both Perez and Khabilov were tested, and spoke to New Mexico Athletic Commission Chairman Tom King about the rumors.

“We always, always test the two fighters involved in the main event. That includes the fighter from Jackson’s on Saturday. For someone to say that a  fighter from that camp was not tested is factually incorrect. That type of information will eventually be available to the public. The names will come out in a few days, and everyone will see who was tested,” King told the website.

Ross Pearson’s camp has yet to respond to these statements.

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