Back in February of this year, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta announced an overhaul of the UFC’s drug testing program.
Finally, a random testing protocol would be launched, to take all available steps to eliminate PED use from MMA.
Perhaps you, like many fans, were happy to see the UFC, as Mauro Renallo famously put it, “stop the BS” and take the problem on.
Well then — sadly, we’ve got some bad news for you, regarding UFC Fight Night 67 — to take place tomorrow in Goiania, Brazil.
Earlier this week, a rather frustrating bit of information was shared on Twitter by Canadian journalist Mike Bohn:
Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves tell me they haven't been drug tested at all in the lead up to Saturday's main event in Brazil.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) May 27, 2015
Bohn, who writes for USA Today and MMA Junkie, published a report for the former site yesterday to explain further.
Brazil’s athletic commission CABMMA is quoted as having “confirmed” that neither Condit nor Alves, who incidentally failed a test (for illegal diuretics) back in 2006, had been tested in their training camps leading up to the fight:
We have not drug tested Carlos and Thiago yet; no ‘camp’ tests have been done for this event.All fighters will be tested upon arrival at arena on fight night through urine – anabolic steroids, stimulants, diuretics/other masking agents and drugs of abuse.
While the new policy isn’t set to begin officially until July, most thought that at least the combatants in the main events of UFC bouts would be subject to additional testing. Sadly, that wasn’t the case with this week’s show.