Official M-1 Global statement in regards to Drug Testing throughout the Strikeforce Heavyweight TournamentPosted on January 21, 2011, 10:19 AM by Anton Gurevich
M-1 Global clarified its position regarding drug testing at the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament. It was reported earlier here on LowKick.com that M-1 will ask for strict drug testing for all participants of the tournament, which will mark its first round on February 12th in New Jersey.
We contacted M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan to comment on the situation, getting the following response:
"M-1 Global's official position is that we are going to abide by the tournament rules and regulations which were established with our partners, Showtime and Strikeforce. We are happy with the regulations of whatever state's athletic commission bouts come under the auspices of."
It should be noted once again that during last Tuesday's press conference in Russia, M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein never spoke about strict drug testing as an ultimatum for Fedor's participation in the tournament. However, M-1 are still expected to request advanced testing throughout the tournament.
Fedor Emelianenko's first round opponent Antonio Silva was tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boledone (testosterone booster) back in 2008, which was later claimed by "Bigfoot" as a necessary step in his Acromegaly treatment.
Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more news on Fedor vs. Bigfoot.