Rory MacDonald officially enlisted in VADA for UFC 152

by Chris Palmquist | source: The Underground

Today, in an e-mail to, the President of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, Margaret Goodman, announced that Rory MacDonald has indeed signed up for their program leading up to his UFC 152 bout with BJ Penn:

This letter is to advise the Mixed Martial Arts LLC that Rory MacDonald is a participant in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program. He is subject to randomly-selected testing for performance enhancing drugs and methods through September 22, 2012.

We will keep the MMA LLC apprised of test results. Do not hesitate to contact me or VADA’s Chief Legal Counsel, Ryan Connolly, if you have questions or concerns.

This will be the first time UFC athletes have subjected themselves to a regimented program of anti-doping testing. It was BJ Penn who called for this action in an effort to help clean up the sport and MacDonald was happy to oblige.


tags: BJ Penn (detail)  Rory MacDonald (detail)  UFC 152   


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stillmatic site profile image  

8/3/12 2:40 PM by stillmatic

I don't see why they would stop sponsoring it, but BJ was offering to pay for it out of his own pocket anyways with another organzation if VADA didn't work out.  

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8/3/12 2:05 PM by Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku

 ummm..maybe its a CRAZY way to ensure the fighters are clean..u know..what steroid testing is designed to do...i know this sounds CRAZY but it may just work...

chawkins site profile image  

8/3/12 2:00 PM by chawkins

There IS no connection. Not unless (until?) UFC itself embraces and requires VADA testing.Right now, VADA is simply a convenient tool to help BJ grind his axe. Nothing more.

aluminum_rooster site profile image  

8/2/12 11:22 PM by aluminum_rooster

so fucking what? Can you not see the connection?or do you not want to?

Ansari site profile image  

8/2/12 11:19 PM by Ansari

So I've read, but that was before BJ first backed out of the testing. Did the sponsorship still stand afterwards?

stillmatic site profile image  

8/2/12 10:52 PM by stillmatic

First of all, it's sponsored. Second of all, it's voluntary.  Rory doesn't have to enroll if he doesn't want to.  

stonepony site profile image  

8/2/12 10:31 PM by stonepony

I believe VADA is paying. And, BJ has every right to ask for real testing.Hopefully Overoid's next opponent does the same thing.

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8/2/12 4:45 PM by vincan469

it is a start. now to go to biological passports.

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8/2/12 4:33 PM by Haole

Margaret Goodman sounds familiar, is that the ginger gilf Dr from years past?

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8/2/12 4:31 PM by Snores

As a chemist, this is great news!