Vitor Belfort passed the first of what is expected to be many random drug tests ahead of his upcoming UFC 184 title challenge against middleweight champion Chris Weidman, MMAFighting.com confirmed with Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett on Thursday. ESPN first reported the news.
Belfort underwent a random out-of-state blood and urine screening on Nov. 1 at the request of the NAC. His results came back clean for any and all banned substances. The UFC covered testing expenses.
A 37-year-old who has twice failed drug tests in the past, including a random screening ordered by the NAC on Feb. 7, Belfort was granted his license to fight Weidman this summer on the conditions that he fight in Las Vegas no earlier than December, and subject himself to extensive pre-fight dest testing at the behest of NAC officials.
"I'll give you my definition of reasonable testing going forward from this commissioner's perspective," said commissioner Anthony Marnell. "That we're going to drug test you to the day you retire. That's my definition of reasonable. We, in my opinion, should be in and around your career until the day you call it quits."
As a result, Belfort was scheduled to fight Weidman at December's UFC 181 event in Las Vegas, NV. The match-up, however, was ultimately delayed until Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA after Weidman suffered a broken hand in training.
While the Nevada commission initially stated its intentions to passes testing duties off to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), the two commissions are now working together to ensure Belfort enters UFC 184 as a clean fighter. Bennett confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Belfort is expected to undergo further random testing ahead of his targeted Feb. 2015 fight date.