The USADA officially kicked off their partnership with the UFC on July 1 to randomly drug test its fighters year-round for performance-enhancing drugs.
“Random” quickly became a regular occurrence for Ronda Rousey (pictured). The reigning UFC bantamweight champion has been randomly tested five times by the USADA since July, the most of any UFC fighter.
Bethe Correia, who lost to Rousey at UFC 190 in August, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who has had past issues with PEDs, and Thiago Alves were examined four times.
Anthony Johnson and Jimi Manuwa were tested on three occasions.
Fourteen fighters received two screenings, while 30 athletes submitted one exam.
Of the 50 random UFC fighters tested by the USADA during this three-month stretch, only five title holders were examined – Rousey (5), Demetrious Johnson (1), Jose Aldo (2), Conor McGregor (2) and Daniel Cormier (2).
Champions TJ Dillashaw, Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler, Chris Weidman, Fabricio Werdum and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were not asked to surrender blood and urine samples by the USADA.
Dillashaw and Lawler have both defended their titles once since July.
The UFC is believed to presently have between 550-600 fighters on its active roster.
Of interesting note, Invicta FC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino was tested twice, while notorious cheats Vitor Belfort and Josh Barnett were only screened once.
The good news is nobody produced a positive test under USADA’s watch, so that something.