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UFC Will Randomly Drug Testing Every Fighter ‘Several Times a Year’

Written by Tom Ngo
October 2nd, 2014
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UFC Owner Lorenzo Fertitta

There’s nothing worse than not being prepared for a pop quiz. Just ask Wanderlei Silva.

On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta (pictured) said the promotion’s revamped drug testing program will affect everyone on their roster, several times a year.

“Actually it’s becoming less of a problem,” Fertitta said of performance-enhancing drugs in the UFC. “We’ve stepped up our game testing. For the athletes, there’s nowhere else to hide. Now, we’re testing all guys on a card. It used to be random testing for a few guys on the card.

“The next step is to random test all 500 athletes, several times a year. We’re sending a message: if you’re cheating, you’ll get caught, suspended and fined. We want the sport to be clean.”

Fertitta’s announcement comes on the heels of Cung Le’s flunked drug test for human growth hormone.

UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner confirmed in August that the UFC is in talks with as many as five independent agencies to implement a random, out-of-competition drug testing program for blood and urine.

The UFC will foot the entire bill, which will cost millions annually.

The new and improved drug screening program is expected to begin at the beginning of the new year.

Media members have long been calling for the UFC to conduct random, out-of-competition drug testing in order to weed out the growing number of cheaters.

UFC stars Chael Sonnen (twice), Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and Ali Bagautinov all failed their random drug tests this year.

Le’s test following August’s scrap with Michael Bisping was expected, but the 42-year-old wasn’t able to keep his cheating ways under wraps for some reason.

It will be interesting to see how many more fighters get busted for PEDs in the coming years. Or, it’ll be interesting to see the changes in physical appearances in fighters and performances over the coming years.

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