Drug testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs, Therapeutic Use Exemptions for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, and marijuana testing have been the big stories so far in 2014.
Testing is handled by state Athletic Commissions, but funding is conservative at present at all levels of government, and more expensive and effective tests like Carbon Isotope Ratio testing are budget busting.
However, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta told Yahoo Sports that he will offer full financial cooperation with ACs to have any UFC fighter tested at any time.
Fertitta told Yahoo Sports that the UFC embraces regulation and has told commissions that it would pay to have any fighter it has under contract tested at any time. He said that offer would include as many fighters as the commission would want and said it would cover any test, including Carbon Isotope Ratio testing.
"The UFC has been phenomenal to work with in regard to the enhanced testing of the athletes we're looking to do," confirmed Francisco Aguilar, the new chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission,. "All that has ever been communicated to us from Lorenzo, Lawrence, and Marc is that they're in favor of testing. At no point has the UFC ever pushed back on any testing request we've made. We just did an enhanced testing program with Travis Browne and Josh Barnett for their fight and the UFC was fully supportive and did what we asked.
"Not only haven't they pushed back, they've been the opposite. They've told us they've been open to any and all testing and would gladly pay for whatever tests we wanted to do.
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