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Alexander Gustafsson Drug Tested by USADA, Wants Anthony Johnson Screened

Written by Tom Ngo
January 6th, 2015
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UFC Alexander Gustafsson

Guess who came knocking on UFC light heavyweight top contender Alexander Gustafsson’s (pictured) door? The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency!

Gustafsson revealed the random drug test request Tuesday on his Facebook page. Now that he’s submitted his, he would like opponent Anthony Johnson to do the same.

“A request from Sweden has been sent to US Anti Doping commission to come and test me,” Gustafsson wrote. “This is the way it’s done in Sweden, no matter where you are, you are under control which I really appreciate. I want my sport to be clean so everyone compete under the same terms.

“Therefore, I would like to request that the same tests applies to my competitor Rumble Johnson. I want us both to show the world that we are clean top athletes competing in the UFC on equal terms.”

After announcing in October that they were hiring an independent third-party agency to conduct year-round random drug tests on their athletes, UFC president Dana White revealed last month that the promotion has decided to go in a different direction. White said the UFC will now fund state athletic commissions to handle the random drug screenings.

White didn’t give a specific reason on the about-face.

Neither Gustafsson nor Johnson have previously failed a drug test.

The 205-pounders meet January 24 in Stockholm, Sweden. The victor advances to a championship affair against title holder Jon Jones.

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