MMA UFC Releases Plans For Unannounced Drug Testing

UFC Releases Plans For Unannounced Drug Testing

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When the UFC travels outside of the US, and no athletic commission is in place, the promotion acts as their own commission, drug testing fighters, and punishing those that fail. The company now has plans to take things a step further with something that many fans and fighters have asked for. According to ESPN, the UFC is planning unannounced, year-round blood and urine tests on the promotion’s stable of approximately 500 athletes, using an independent sample collector. UFC’s Mark Ratner had the following to say about the company’s plan…

This comes one week after former UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre announced that he would, “never fight again in MMA without my opponent and myself being thoroughly tested for the most advanced PEDs by a credible independent anti-doping organization like VADA or USADA under the strictest standards of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) Code.”

“We are meeting with different companies right now and we’re going to have out-of-competition testing. We’re not sure when it’s going to start, but we’re working on it right now. Unannounced blood and urine [testing] is going to happen, hopefully in the next three or four months. When you’re talking about 500 fighters, there are a lot of logistics. Having fighters in foreign countries makes it tougher, but we’re coming up with a plan and (agencies) are making proposals to us in the next two weeks.”

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