Penn, MacDonald both submit to voluntary drug testing for UFC 152

by John Morgan and Steven Marrocco | source:

Canadian youngster Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and former UFC dual division champion B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) will become the first fighters in the promotion's history to partner with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

VADA officials on Thursday announced that both fighters have agreed to eight weeks of random blood and urine testing ahead of their upcoming UFC 152 matchup with the Las Vegas-based independent organization footing the bill.

VADA officials on Thursday announced Penn's decision, and MacDonald's camp subsequently confirmed with ( their participation in the program."Our camp is very happy that B.J. has decided to participate in the VADA program that he had put forward," MacDonald's manager, Lex McMahon said. "Rory's completing his paperwork and will be joining him soon, and I think that Rory is definitely excited about the possibilities of what this means for the sport in the big picture, and he's happy he can play a small role in this."

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catgobling site profile image  

7/27/12 7:20 PM by catgobling

btw bj by flying hands

catgobling site profile image  

7/27/12 7:18 PM by catgobling

maybe doping should just be a stat that they show on tale of the tape. it would be interesting trying to flag what traits are tied to which substances and how they pan out in the cage. fans can have their preference on different shit for the fighters to be on. best of all, no more suspensions.

Loadin76 site profile image  

7/27/12 5:46 PM by Loadin76

 MMAjunkie says Rory is doing Vada too now... so I guess its all a non-issue now of who is/ isn't

stillmatic site profile image  

7/27/12 2:52 PM by stillmatic

I don't think he cares so much about the exposed part after.  He just wanted to make sure the fight happened so the UFC is not left with no fight and he is out of money himself flying in training partners, putting in the work and getting no fight or payday out of it.  He wants a clean sport, but he didn't want to be the one to potentially ruin a UFC event. From his perspective, it is better that the fight happens with a cheater involved than not at all.  He probably doesn't mind because he feels like he has fought a bunch of cheaters anyways and it makes no difference to him.  He changed his mind now that the fight is not the main event, so this is a good thing.  Do you seriously have a problem with this? As for your Overeem example.  It would depend on how much money JDS lost out on by that fight not happening.  This is a business and most fighters would take the fight with someone roiding even if they knew they were if it was for a huge payday. Looking out for your own best interests doesn't make you a hypocrite.

Ansari site profile image  

7/27/12 2:32 PM by Ansari

How does he not come across as a hypocrite in all of this? He wants the sport cleaned up but wants to allow dirty fighters to fight, as long as they get exposed afterwards. Then he changes his mind to apply that only to headline fights on the card. By BJ's thinking, Overeem should've been allowed to fight JDS at UFC 146, just as long as it came out later that he had failed a test. Is it cheating or is it not? Does BJ want it out of the sport or not? It seems he does, but only when it serves his agenda.

Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku site profile image  

7/27/12 1:36 PM by Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku

 uhhh no...he wanted vada on the basis he thought the results could be posted AFTEr the fight...after victor conte refused that, thats when he withrdrew

stillmatic site profile image  

7/27/12 1:32 PM by stillmatic

He doesn't, but you can continue to think what you want.  

Foos site profile image  

7/27/12 1:01 PM by Foos

Good question mountainmedic. It crossed my mind that bj backed off on the testing because he was worried he'd get popped for weed, then the fight would get canceled

MountainMedic site profile image  

7/27/12 11:45 AM by MountainMedic

Does vada test for weed?

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

7/27/12 11:19 AM by ranier wolfcastle

 pretty cool bj did so well without peds