Although the Ontario Athletic Commission will be overseeing Saturday’s “UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort” event, Toronto’s governing body, which just started regulating mixed martial arts in 2010, does not conduct its own drug testing.
However, that doesn’t mean the 24 athletes competing in tomorrow’s show won’t have to submit a screening. The UFC has reached out to an unnamed third party to conduct the exams on their behalf, with the results being forwarded to the OAC. Although, the entire roster won’t be subjected to a urinalysis.
“We will be drug testing the championship fights, we always do, and randomly other fighters on the card,” revealed UFC Canada’s director of operations Tom Wright (Pictured). “We’ve contracted with a third party independent, but approved, drug testing facility and we will be doing those testings through the Ontario Athletic Commission.
“The athletic commission itself won’t be doing them, but we’ll be doing them through that. When the results come back, if there are any issues, they will be provided to us, we’ll provide them to the Ontario Athletic Commission for them to issue any sanctions that they may desire.”
During last week’s conference call, Wright said he would reveal which, if any, fighters had applied for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). According to TheScore.com, the UFC has now decided to keep that information under lock and key.
No reason was given for the nondisclosure.
For you conspiracy theorists thinking the UFC secretly doesn’t mind if their athletes take performance-enhancing drugs, Chris Leben has been busted on two separate occasions (UFC 89 and UFC 138) when the Octagon took its talents to England and the organization had to conduct their own drug tests.
UFC 152 takes place Saturday inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto.