As much excitement surrounds Saturday’s UFC 182 event, it seems the Ultimate Fighting Championship has had an odd beginning to the year 2015.
Yesterday, the first day of the year, we had our first cancelled UFC main event, with Tarec Seffiedine reported as out of next month’s UFC Fight Night with a groin injury. (We described the matter in further detail here at Caged Insider.) It was a frustrating reminder of all the issues with fights of the previous year lost to injury, drug testing, and the like.
But the day wasn’t over yet — and another announcement was made which may cause alarm.
In a media session yesterday afternoon at the MGM Grand, UFC President Dana White (pictured above) said the promotion was abandoning its plans for beginning its own comprehensive (and in-and-out-of-competition) drug testing program.
Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report quoted White as saying, “We have no business handling the regulation.”
White was frustrated by the handling of the drug testing in Cung Le’s bout with Michael Bisping in Macau, China last year. In Macau and other jurisdictions which do not have their own athletic commissions, the UFC has been conducting their own testing. According to White, the mishandled testing protocol led to Le’s participation in the current legal action against the UFC.
White is quoted as saying he plans to give money to athletic commissions to procure more comprehensive testing in the future.
The original plan, detailed here at Caged Insider, was to have competitors on the UFC roster tested at random throughout the year.