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Stricter drug testing for major fights implemented in Nevada

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to its chairman, Francisco Aguilar, will be implementing enhanced drug testing programs for all major fights, both boxing and MMA, moving forward. The cost of the enhanced testing, which averages between $35,000 and $45,000, will be offset by the promoters of such events.

For example, the UFC will be covering the enhanced testing bill for their upcoming main event at UFC 173, which features Robbie Lawler against Jake Ellenberger. The NSAC will be using a Salt Lake City based World Anti-Doping Agency collector.

To ensure the integrity of each test, the same collector will be used to collect each sample. The samples will be collected randomly, and to avoid any contact with the promoters, the collector will bill the NSAC, then they will forward the invoice to the respective promoter.

"This is going to become the norm for all major fights in Las Vegas, both boxing and mixed martial arts," Aguilar confirmed to ESPN.com. "It lets everyone who is going to fight in Nevada know they have the chance to participate in an enhanced process.

"The expensive part is the collection," Aguilar said. "The lab is about $12,000 to do the analysis and collections, but you have to remain consistent in who the collector is and how they collect a sample.

"You don't give the fighters any notice. The collector calls and says, 'I'm half an hour away from your house. Be prepared to provide a sample.' That same collector has to fly from Salt Lake City to where the fighters live and train, collect a sample and then fly back. That's the most expensive part."

This will be the same program the NSAC used prior to the April 12 WBO title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions have been using enhanced testing programs outside of the NSAC's jurisdiction for all of Mayweather's fights since 2009, however, the chairman expects Golden Boy's full cooperation for other major fights they promote in the state of Nevada.

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