United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is making a couple of significant changes to its existing drug-testing program in order to better serve the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. Or to better line the pockets of those involved.
Depends on who you ask.
Fighters who retire or quit UFC will not be eligible to compete without a six-month testing period, increased from the previous four months; however, fighters who get fired or make their UFC debut only have to wait one month.
There are exceptions to every rule, like this and this.
In addition, in-competition drug testing — which starts the day before a scheduled fight — concludes with a fighter’s post-fight sample collection, or one hour after the fighter’s post-bout medical clearance.
That would have saved this smoker a lot of grief.
Athletes who fail to disclose the use of banned substances prior to signing with UFC will still be sanctioned if they pop for said substances. The good news is, they are now allowed to train with previous offenders.
Busted fighters can now challenge their suspensions via conference call with a single arbitrator.
“The majority of these changes are athlete driven,” UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky told MMA Fighting. “Early on in this, we knew there had to be a balancing act between the strength and comprehensiveness of the program and the fairness to the athlete.”
“Over the year and half, this program has been in existence, we have consistently encouraged feedback from fighters and camps about how to make this program stronger, more comprehensive and, just as importantly, fairer to the athletes. All of these changes are a result of that interaction and feedback from athletes and camps.”
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