Much was made of recent “out-of-competition” drug testing taken by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
First was a urine sample from Aldo taken on June 11 as the champ prepared for his now-cancelled title defense at UFC 189 in Brazil. Fans were surprised to learn that the sample was thrown out by authorities from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Why? Well, the agent collecting the sample on behalf of the NSAC, as it turned out, was not authorized to work in Brazil.
We described the mess here at Caged Insider. Another agent collected a sample from Aldo the next day, and Aldo said it was all no big deal.
“It’s normal,” Aldo said to Globo (as translated by Guilherme Cruz at MMA Fighting.) “We reached a point in this sport that not only me, but every fighter has to go through this. This is my first time in Brazil. I think the Brazilian commission should be the one handling this, for the fact that I live here. But that’s not an issue. It’s nothing for me. Fight, pee, it’s the same thing to me.”
But when Aldo pulled out of the bout due to injury, some observers suspected Aldo of wrongdoing.
Yesterday, Globo released the results of that second test — and Aldo, who has never failed a drug test in his MMA career, came back clean.
According to the report, Aldo’s sample was “analyzed for anabolic agents, peptide hormones, growth factors and related substances, Beta-2 Agonists, hormone and metabolic modulators, and diuretics and other masking agents.”
The results revealed “no prohibited substance(s) or prohibited method(s), or their metabolite(s) or marker(s).”
There has been no timetable announced for Aldo’s return. His challenger, Conor McGregor, will now face Chad Mendes for an interim title.