Liddell-Ortiz To Be Tested Before Fight
With the fight announced, the press conference done, the only thing standing in the way between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are pre-competition drug tests.
The California State Athletic Commission will require both Liddell and Ortiz to take part in an extensive out-of-competition drug-testing prior to their trilogy fight on November 24th in Inglewood, California.
CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told MMA Fighting this week that samples from both fighters have already been collected, with more requests being done prior to the fight. CSAC has enlisted the World Anti-Doping Agency to handle the testing.
“Just like there should be drug testing for any high-profile fight, there will be for this one,” Foster said. “Chuck Liddell hasn’t fought in some time and hasn’t been part of any drug-testing program recently, as far as I know. We want to make sure the fans are getting a clean, fair contest.”
Both Liddell and Ortiz were given concussion protocol baseline testing ahead of the fight, as Liddell has not fought since 2010, and was knocked out in his last three fights.
Initial Report: MMA Fighting