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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Mixed Martial Arts--- UFC Fighter Melvin Guillard Tests Positive for Cocaine
by Ivan Trembow
Originally Published on MMAWeekly

Lightweight UFC fighter and former Ultimate Fighter contestant Melvin Guillard tested positive for a major metabolite of cocaine following his main event bout with Joe Stevenson at UFC Fight Night 9, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The NSAC's drug testing results show that Guillard's urinalysis was found to contain cocaine metabolite Benzoylegonine in an amount equal to or greater than 150 ng/ml. When reached for comment by MMAWeekly's Damon Martin, Guillard's manager had no comment at this time.

Guillard is the first MMA fighter to test positive for cocaine in the state of Nevada. In neighboring California, only one fighter, Ricco Rodriguez, has tested positive for cocaine.

The six fighters on the card who were drug-tested were Guillard, Stevenson, Antoni Hardonk, Justin McCully, Nate Mohr, and Kurt Pellegrino. All of those fighters tested negative for all banned substances, except for Guillard.

The other twelve fighters on the card were not drug-tested. The NSAC spent a total of $1,670 on drug testing for UFC Fight Night 9, while the total cost of drug testing every single fighter on the card would have been $5,011.

In addition, all of the drug tests that were administered at WEC 26 in Las Vegas late last month have come back negative for all banned substances.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission tested eight of the twenty fighters who competed on the card. The eight fighters who were drug tested were Urijah Faber, Dominic Cruz, Carlos Condit, John Alessio, Chase Beebe, Eddie Wineland, Alex Serdyukov, and Scott Norton.

All eight of those fighters' urine samples did not contain any banned substances, including steroids, stimulants, and recreational drugs. The remaining twelve fighters on the card were not drug tested.

The event took place on March 24th and was the WEC's second show since being purchased by the Fertittas, who also own the UFC and Pride

The drug test results from WEC 26 are a notable improvement from WEC 25, where two of the six drug-tested fighters failed their drug tests.

Although, Urijah Faber, Rob McCullough, Rich Crunkilton, and Mike Joy all passed their drug tests at WEC 25, Kit Cope tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone (frequently used by veterinarians to rehabilitate injured horses) and was later suspended by the NSAC for nine months; while Joe Pearson tested positive for Delta 9 THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and was later suspended by the NSAC for six months.

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