Following an action packed night of action in Stockholm, Sweden – UFC president Dana White spoke explicitly on the controversial opinions voiced recently that testing in MMA needs to be improved upon by the leading organization. A topic which was invoked once again by the questions of Alistair Overeem’s recent positive testing for 14:1 elevated T/E levels.
“We don’t do random testing,” White said at Saturday’s post-UFC on FUEL TV 2 press conference in Stockholm. “First of all, all the guys who come into the UFC, now we changed the policy. You sign a deal with us, you get tested. You go into ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ you get tested. We test. We don’t even have to [expletive] test. That’s not what we do. That’s what the athletic commission does.
White makes a valid point. It’s up to the State’s commission to regulate the athletes, not the promoters. The efforts taken by the UFC are only gestures to further improve the sport.
“Then the athletic commission now is doing random tests before, leading up to the fight, after the fight. They’re being tested like crazy. The [expletive] testing in this sport is insane. It is literally the gold standard in all of sports.”
“I have 375 fighters in every country all over the world,” White said. “The battle that I have to get these guys to get their [expletive] bout agreements back and show up for press is [expletive] unbelievable. The fact that I have to make personal phone calls to tell guys to talk to the [expletive] press, now I’m going to start making personal phone calls to go show up for random drug tests?
There is no question about it, White’s job is never ending. To orchestrate random testing with all fighters would be impossible for one man. So what’s the answer? More UFC employees? A request to upgrade all athletic commissions (not happening)?
“The general public and the media need to grasp some [expletive] concept of reality. The reality of us doing all the [expletive] things that we’re doing when we already have the gold standard in drug testing, and then [expletive] try to chase 375 guys all over the world to randomly test them, too? It’s impossible. You look at all the other organizations, … you look at all the other companies that have tried to do what we do, nobody can [expletive] do it. You know why? Because this job is insane.”
Just how crazy is your Job Dana?
“It’s [expletive] crazy,” White said. “I was standing in Las Vegas 10 hours ago filming a [expletive] TV show. Now I’m sitting here, and I’m going to randomly drug test 375 guys around the world?
“You know where I’m going in a few hours? To [expletive] Abu Dhabi. Then I go back and film ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Then I go back to Atlanta, Miami, and I’m in [expletive] Rio de Janeiro for three hours, then back to Las Vegas, where I’ll film ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ again. And in between there somewhere, I’m going to randomly drug test 375 fighters?”
White assures, it is not an issue of lack of UFC employees.
“We have a ton of staff, and the answer isn’t throwing more bodies at this thing,” White said. “When all this [expletive] happens, I have to make personal phone calls. Me. I have a full PR team, right? Good people – people from all over the world that have great [expletive] resumes and everything else. I have to make personal phone calls and say, ‘Dude, why are you not showing up for this [expletive] thing you’re supposed to do? Did you say no, you wouldn’t do this?’ I’m still making personal phone calls like that.
“It’s an easy, random, general fun thing to throw around and say, ‘Hey, I don’t think the UFC is doing enough. I think they should do this and randomly drug test their 375 fighters.’ We’re already [expletive] doing it when they sign their contracts. It’s being done before they come on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ It’s being done by the athletic commission before, during and after fights. It’s just, you guys are being [expletive] ridiculous.”
Transcribed by MMAJunkie.com