Carwin and Roy Nelson
passed an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Nevada
Athletic Commission ahead of their upcoming clash at
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 finale.
NAC Executive Director Keith Kizer notified Sherdog.com of the test
results on Friday.
“Both [fighters] were tested for steroids and diuretics in
mid-October and passed,” Kizer wrote in an email.
Currently serving as coaches on “TUF 16,” Nelson and Carwin will
headline the show’s Dec. 15 live finale at the The Joint at the
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The evening’s main draw
airs live on FX and will also see Jamie Varner
lock horns with Melvin
Guillard in a lightweight affair.
Carwin, 37, has battled injuries to his neck and back for the last
several years, competing just once since his failed attempt to win
the heavyweight championship in 2010. Following his submission at
the hands of then-champion Brock
Lesnar, Carwin was battered by Junior dos
Santos in a title eliminator nearly one year later. Currently
rehabbing a minor knee injury, the former interim belt holder is
still expected to compete as planned on Dec. 15.
In addition to the NAC’s testing, Nelson has also enrolled himself
in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in the leadup to
his bout with Carwin. “Big Country” has won two of his last three
fights, going 1-1 so far this year. Though Nelson was outstruck by
Werdum at UFC 143 in February, the heavyweight rebounded with
an impressive performance in May, putting Dave Herman
to sleep with a violent overhand right at UFC 146.