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 â€“ regardless of whether they are in the UFC, Strikeforce, or â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€ reality series â€“ 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 â€œKing Moâ€ Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, tested positive for a steroid at a January 7 event in Las Vegas.
White shared: â€œThatâ€™s the commissionâ€™s (responsibility)â€¦ Weâ€™re the most regulated sport on Earth. Weâ€™re the last guys on Earth who should be getting [expletive] steroid questions.” He added: “It’s been a very good policy for usâ€¦ There have been a lot of things we found out medically about guys coming into ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ that was very positive.â€
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 â€“ and perhaps more importantly â€“ White shared that it will help protect young fighters from the dangerous side effects posed by steroids.
White said: â€œIf 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 â€“ because you can’t do it because here you’re going to get caught — once you get off it, you’re ruined for life â€“ mentally, physically, emotionallyâ€¦ 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.â€