Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald and ex-champ Douglas Lima have been drug tested and passed “numerous” times in advance of their rematch at Bellator 232, according to the event’s chief regulator.
Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Michael Mazzulli told MMA Fighting the welterweights have been screened for performance-enhancers and drugs of abuse banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. They’ve come up negative every time and cooperated without issue.
Mazzulli, who also serves as the Association of Boxing Commissions’ president and conducts overseas drug testing for Bellator, said one set of test results remains pending. He added the fighters likely will be tested once more prior to the Oct. 26 event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., as well as once more post-fight.
MacDonald aims to defend his welterweight title and secure a $1 million payday in the finals of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, which kicked off one year ago with Lima’s submission win over ex-champ Andrey Koreshkov.
MacDonald’s tournament participation was cast into doubt in April when he fought Jon Fitch to a majority draw and then questioned his willingness to continue. He later reversed course and defeated Neiman Gracie in the semifinals.
Lima followed up his opening-round win with a highlight-reel knockout of striking phenom Michael “Venom” Page in May.
MacDonald bested Lima by decision in 2018 to capture the Bellator welterweight title, and later vied unsuccessfully for the middleweight belt then held by Gegard Mousasi.