World Series of Fighting welterweight Gerald Harris recently announced that he has requested the Nevada Athletic Commission test both him and his opponent at the WSOF’s debut event on Nov. 3.

Harris, who confirmed his intentions with Sherdog.com on Wednesday, also asked the NAC to test him and all his opponents at future events. The fighter plans to make the same request in every other state in which he competes.

“The recent increase in mixed martial arts failed drug tests has led many trainers, fighters, and fans to believe that over 50 percent of our athletes are using some form of performing enhancement drug (PED),” Harris wrote in a letter. “I cannot speak for others, but I do believe those numbers are overhyped, and the only thing I can do is offer my honesty ... I also agree to any testing during my camps, before and after fights and random drug testing at any point [in] time.”

Harris faces Josh Burkman on Saturday night at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas as part of the event’s undercard, which streams live on Sherdog.com.

“I wasn’t just being an attention whore. I was being serious,” Harris told Sherdog on Wednesday. “It’s nothing against Josh Burkman. I don’t think Burkman is dirty. I have a lot of respect for the guy. I just want them to test me and my opponent at every fight.”

Harris told Sherdog.com that the NAC has not yet responded to his letter. On Wednesday morning, Sherdog.com attempted confirm that the letter had been delivered, but NAC officials did not respond to email requests for comment at the time of writing.

“I am doing this to show the fans that there are plenty of clean athletes out there,” Harris wrote. “The assumption that we are mostly all using PEDs really bothers me, because I train so hard, respect my body, and sacrifice so much to compete. I cannot accept being labeled as a possible cheater. As a father, I instill the same values in my children and living a clean lifestyle will allow me to hopefully live a long, healthy life and to care for them.”

Although it is currently unknown if Harris will be among those tested by the NAC at his Nov. 3 bout, the fighter says that he plans to submit to the famously stringent testing of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) prior to his next fight.

“I couldn’t do it for this fight [with Burkman], because I need [to begin the process six weeks out from an event], but I want to let everybody know that I’ll be participating in it and get the word out there,” said Harris. “I’ve got the application, and I will be doing random testing. You have 30 to 60 minutes to [submit] your blood, urine, whatever [VADA requests]. They will call you and say that you have to be at this place in an hour, anytime within that six weeks. They don’t play. It’s strict.”

Harris, 32, rides a four-fight winning streak into his Nov. 3 bout with Burkman. A former UFC middleweight, “Hurricane” more recently made the drop to 170 pounds for his May 11 Legacy Fighting Championship appearance against Mike Bronzoulis, taking a split decision victory over “The Greek” at LFC 11. Harris owns 15 of his 21 career wins by either knockout or submission and has been finished just once during his six-year pro career.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Renzo Gracie joins Todd Harris on commentary at WSOF 20

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) recently announced that MMA legend Renzo Gracie will be providing special guest color commentary for this weekend's WSOF 20: "Branch vs. Markes" card on April 10th. He read news >>

Nevada Athletic Commission discusses overhaul of drug testing policies, punishments

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) held a day-long meeting in Las Vegas on Friday to discuss a potential overhaul of its drug testing program in an effort to combat what one expert called "the PED read news >>

California's Andy Foster lays out commission's plans for better drug testing

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

IRVINE, Calif. -- Prior to Bellator 136, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive officer Andy Foster invited a small group of writers to take part in its first media day. With the goal read news >>

WSOF 19 predictions, preview for 'Gaethje vs. Palomino' main card on NBC Sports

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns this Saturday (March 28) with a card emanating from Phoenix, Arizona, headlined by lightweight champion Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino. The last time we saw read news >>

WSOF 19 weigh in results

  • 22 days ago
  • 29 views

The fighters for World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 19 step to the scale today at 7 p.m. ET. The main event for WSOF 19 is a lightweight title fight between champion Justin Gaethje and challenger Luis P read news >>

Anderson Silva Plans to be Back Next Year and Fight for Five More Years

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

Following positive drug tests at UFC 183, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva plans to be back in 2016 and expects to compete for another five years. read news >>

Lance Palmer targeted for featherweight title defense against Chris Horodecki at WSOF 21

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

World Series of Fighting 21 is getting another title fight. Lance Palmer has verbally agreed to defend his featherweight belt against Chris Horodecki at WSOF 21 on June 5 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada read news >>

WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino preview and predictions

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

Check out a full main card preview of the World Series of Fighting 19 fight card right here, featuring a title fight between Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino as well as Thiago Silva's WSOF debut. Wor read news >>

WSOF 19 results, live video stream

  • 21 days ago
  • 35 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 19: "Gaethje vs. Palomino" takes place TONIGHT (Sat., March 28, 2015) at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Tonight's card will see Justin Gaethje defend his li read news >>