For the first time in its short history, Invicta FC will utilize random drug testing for its upcoming fifth event on April 5. Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com on Sunday evening. Fighters who will be competing in April were informed of the new policy in late January. An independent agency in conjunction with the Missouri Office of Athletics will handle the testing.
Knapp states that the testing will be done in order to ensure that all Invicta FC athletes are competing on a level playing field. She believes that PED use is a significant problem in MMA and one that affects female fighters as well as men. Invicta FC 5 competitors will be tested at random on the evening before the event. Fighters will not be informed in advance as to whether they will or will not be subject to the testing.
The new anti-PED policy will extend to all future Invicta FC events. The promotion is currently fielding offers from a number of independent testing agencies and hopes to confirm its new testing partner later this week.
While news of the testing comes mere days after the promotion announced the signing of Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, who tested positive for a steroid in 2011, the plans to institute the new drug tests were first put into place weeks before Santos was brought into the organization.
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