Ratner: No bonuses until clean drug tests

by Steven Marraco | source: mmajunkie.com
 

All fighters who compete on international events will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today told MMAjunkie.com.

Additionally, the promotion won't pay out fight-night bonuses until drug testing results are available, Ratner said.

Currently, the UFC offers cash incentives for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night." Typically, they are handed out after the event and announced by UFC President Dana White.

The changes will be in place this weekend when UFC on FX 7 goes down at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event's main-card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.

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irishrottie site profile image  

2/1/13 8:15 AM by irishrottie

vitor?

rrg1 site profile image  

1/17/13 1:42 PM by rrg1

Yes, the UFC is super serious about testing their athletes. It's the reason why they do urine testing...."See we DO care about this!"What an absolute joke lol.

Bat21 site profile image  

1/17/13 1:40 PM by Bat21

Good move.

willienugget site profile image  

1/17/13 1:38 PM by willienugget

Bountygate wasn't because players were paid cash payments for special play as there is nothing wrong with that and was part of the reason suspensions were overturned. The issue is they were paid to hurt people. If it were sacks or big hits we never would have heard about it.If you're a millionaire already it's probably no big deal, but being handed a stack of cash for a job well done is pretty boss.

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1/17/13 9:17 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

If the UFC is doling out cash that's off the books, which isn't reported as Dana says we don't know what fighters earn; I think the last thing they want is on the books money or donations. They donate a lot already and it's enough to keep anyone from wanting to check things out.

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

1/17/13 9:15 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

Why are they handing out CASH?1. It would be easier for most fighters to get taxes deducted immediately than to get a 100K bonus, spend it and then come up with the taxes in April when they possibly haven't fought and are eating ketchup in a gym loft. 2. It doesn't look good when a promoter hands out cash as it creates possible improprieties. Who is to say you won't get a little more if you keep it standing Elite XC style?I'm not saying Dana would but cash seems shady to most and especially when you are a billion dollar company talking about playing on a global level bigger than the NFL. NFL players don't get cash after games in the form of locker room bonuses. When they did it caused a whole team to get in trouble with New Orleans and bountygate. Funny how cash bonuses for big and exciting QB moving hits were viewed as illegal bounties since they weren't on the books anywhere and in cash. I'm not saying the UFC does anything wrong. Just cut checks. On the books.

Dougie site profile image  

1/17/13 8:35 AM by Dougie

If one fighter tests positive in a bonus of the night fight, then if the other fighter tests clean they should get the dirty fighter's bonus. If they both test dirty, then give the bonus to a charity. Charities win, and the UFC gets the tax write off.

CindyO site profile image  

1/17/13 3:25 AM by CindyO

Excellent.   Cindy

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1/17/13 1:26 AM by KZTT_W85

^

Sal Penis site profile image  

1/17/13 1:24 AM by Sal Penis

The Athletic Commisions control the checks UFC sign? Wtf.