UFC President Dana White on New Drug Testing Policy
Dana White, president of UFC, spoke with pride regarding the recently-implemented drug testing policy that requires all new signees to pass a drug test.
UFC officials recently announced that all Zuffa fighters – regardless of whether they are in the UFC, Strikeforce, or “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series – are required to pass a pre-fight drug test for anabolic steroids before they can compete in the cage.
The announcement came on the same day that the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, tested positive for a steroid at a January 7 event in Las Vegas.
White shared: “That’s the commission’s (responsibility)… We’re the most regulated sport on Earth. We’re the last guys on Earth who should be getting [expletive] steroid questions.” He added: “It’s been a very good policy for us… There have been a lot of things we found out medically about guys coming into ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ that was very positive.”
The program is expected to help save UFC from the embarrassment of having new fighters fail drug tests. Failing a drug test, after all, does not just affect the fighter concerned. It can also have an adverse effect on the hosting organization. In addition – and perhaps more importantly – White shared that it will help protect young fighters from the dangerous side effects posed by steroids.
White said: “If you’re a talented guy who could be in the business a long time and make a career out of this, once you get off this stuff – because you can’t do it because here you’re going to get caught — once you get off it, you’re ruined for life – mentally, physically, emotionally… So if we can stop that stuff early with these athletes that are young and have the talent to be here, we feel we’ll win half the battle.”Tags: StrikeForce drug testing, The Ultimate Fighter drug testing, UFC drug testing, UFC steroid testing, Zuffa drug testing