Mitrione & Nelson Pass Drug Tests For Bellator 194
It seems there will be no need for an alternate for the next fight of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, as both of the competitors at Bellator 194 have cleared a huge hurdle.
Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson both passed out-of-competition drug tests ahead of the Bellator 194 main event fight, per Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli.
The two are set to face off on February 16th at Mohegan Sun, with the winner facing the winner of a May matchup between Ryan Bader and Muhammed Lawal. In their first meeting in 2012, Nelson knocked out Mitrione during the finale of the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Mitrione and Nelson both had their drug-test samples collected randomly while they were in Los Angeles to promote the grand prix ahead of Bellator 192.
Mazzulli said the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation is on the verge of passing at least part of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) 10-point weight-cutting reform plan. Mazzulli is hoping to install at least two key parts of those 10 points — licensing by weight class and fight-day weight checks — if not more.
Under the CSAC rules, which were passed last year, doctors must clear fighters to not only compete, but compete at their desired weight class during their physical. Regarding the fight-day weight checks, if a fighter comes in above 10 percent of their weight class on fight day, he or she could be recommended by the ringside physician to move up to a higher division unless a doctor clears them.
Mazzulli, who is also the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports, spoke with CSAC executive director Andy Foster during Bellator 192. He said it was his last straw hearing UFC fighters Uriah Hall and Joanna Jedrzejczyk discuss their harrowing experiences cutting weight recently.
“Something has gotta be done,” Mazzulli said. “As ABC president, I feel it’s necessary for me to lead the charge. Hopefully other commissions jump aboard.”
Mazzulli and Mohegan regulate a majority of Bellator shows, including the ones that take place overseas. So the commission passing new weight-cutting rules may make an huge impact on not only Bellator, but MMA as a sport.
“Wherever I regulate, it’s gonna happen,” Mazzulli said. “It’s mandatory.”