Fertitta: UFC will pay for all AC drug testing


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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Herman Munster site profile image  

2/12/14 6:42 AM by Herman Munster

Exactly, any fighter in a title fight should be subject to carbon isotope ratio testing, period. May as well start with Hendricks/Lawler. If they are serious they will. If not this is smoke and mirrors bullshit.

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 6:35 AM by Macedawgg

Whassup Cindy-O?  Nothin for Mace truth bombs?

CindyO site profile image  

2/12/14 6:34 AM by CindyO

Voted up!   Cindy

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 5:52 AM by Macedawgg

Further--Quebec's own regulation does not allow for the 1 pound variance, and does not allow for any additional time to weigh in.  Goku was correct--this was the UFC dictating--and they got caught. 77. At an official weigh-in, no time shall be granted to a contestant to enable him to increase or decrease his weight. O.C. 662-95, s. 77    

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 5:51 AM by Macedawgg

Taken directly from the UFC website! "In non-championship fights, there shall be allowed a 1 pound weigh allowance. In championship fights, the participants must weigh no more than that permitted for the relevant weight division"

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 5:47 AM by Macedawgg

Or how about this legislation that was used to cancel McCarthy's promotion in Quebec!  I'm no expert--but this would seem to require the use of an Octagon!  And last I checked, one promoter claimed a trademark on it. “The organizer shall provide the necessary equipment to set up the ring and shall ensure that the ring meets the specifications of any of the following rings:     (2)    the octagonal ring: it shall respect the provisions of paragraphs 4 and 8 of section 55 and meet the following specifications:   (a)      the distance between 2 facing corners is 7.5 m (24 ft); (b)      8 posts of 1.7 m (5.5 ft) high in each corner of the ring are joined by a metal frame; the posts and frame shall be padded and covered with protective material. .   http://www.canlii.org/en/qc/laws/regu/rrq-c-s-3.1-r-11/latest/rrq-c-s-3.1-r-11.html#DIVISION__II_THE_RING_222230.  Article 195.4. 

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 5:41 AM by Macedawgg

"“Now, Bellator is trying to come to Quebec, but they can’t because they have a round cage, and yet, they approve the UFC’s octagon when their rulebook clearly states that the octagon cannot be wider than 24 feet. The UFC’s octagon is 32 feet. So they’re doing this exception to the UFC or any promotion that uses a big cage. Why are they saying no to Bellator because it’s a round cage?"

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 5:39 AM by Macedawgg

http://mmajunkie.com/2013/03/gsps-ex-manager-blasts-quebec-commission-says-illness-maybe-caused-weight-miss/ Former Quebec commission member on veracity of Quebec Commission statements! I, for one, am HIGHLY confident!

WoodenPupa site profile image  

2/12/14 5:37 AM by WoodenPupa

I vaguely remember the decimal saga. I always thought fighters in championship fights had a 1 lb. leeway ---so has that never been the case?At any rate, that was appalling how Mersch lied like that. Any time an employer or person in a position of authority has told me "this is off the record" I've gotten a strong spidey sense that some bullshit was in the air.

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 5:22 AM by Macedawgg

Or this commission?  Mike Mersch, the UFC's Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs, announcing an "off the record" rule to the Nick Diaz camp--apparently speaking for the Quebec Commision! http://tapnapsnap.com/ufc-loses-copyright-claim-for-nick-diaz-weigh-in-video-watch-the-video-here/ The UFC tried to have this video removed due to a copyright claim--but were countersued and lost.  Even more incredible--later, the same night, Mike Mersch denies any involvement at all into weigh-in affairs and claims to have no knowledge of any "off the record" rule. http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2013/3/28/4158616/ufc-158-nick-diaz-lawyer-texts-decimal-controversy  


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