All 5 Fighters Tested Pass Post-Fight Drug Tests at Strikeforce 'Marquardt vs. Saffiedine'
By: Mike Whitman Jan 17, 2013
All drug test results came back clean following last Saturday’s
Strikeforce card in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State Athletic Commission officials confirmed the results
Thursday with Sherdog.com, verifying that Tarec
Marquardt, Josh Barnett,
Kennedy and Tim Holobaugh all produced negative tests following
their respective bouts at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Saffiedine and Marquardt headlined the event, going five rounds in
battle to decide Strikeforce’s final welterweight champion before
the promotion folded. In the end, Saffiedine emerged victorious,
battering Marquardt’s lead leg with a steady assault of low kicks
to win the title via unanimous decision.
Barnett and Kennedy also took home wins at “Marquardt vs.
Saffiedine,” stopping Nandor
Guelmino and Trevor
Smith, respectively. Holobaugh was the lone loser to be tested,
as the previously unbeaten prospect saw his perfect record erased
by veteran Pat Healy
during the evening’s undercard broadcast on Showtime Extreme.
Now that Strikeforce has held its final show, much of its talent
pool will transition to the UFC, including Saffiedine, Marquardt,
Kennedy and Holobaugh. Barnett’s future is yet undecided, however,
as the heavyweight is soon expected to enter into negotiations with
the Las Vegas-based organization.