Random drug testing coming to UFC
UFC decided to introduce random drug testing for its fighters. The tests were so far done before and after matches on random fighters as well as on all fighters who headlined the event. The battle against illegal substances will now become even harsher. Random drug testing indeed surprised certain fighters like Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. The issue will now rise to the next level.
“We are meeting with different companies right now and we’re going to have out-of-competition testing,” UFC vice president of regulatory affairs,Marc Ratner said. “We’re not sure when it’s going to start, but we’re working on it right now. Unannounced blood and urine is going to happen, hopefully in the next three or four months. When you’re talking about 500 fighters, there are a lot of logistics. Having fighters in foreign countries makes it tougher, but we’re coming up with a plan and (agencies) are making proposals to us in the next two weeks. The UFC will be randomly testing a percentage of fighters,” he said. “When we decide on this regiment, it’s going to be a big cost but it’s well worth it when we do these out-of-competition tests.”