The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale's Matt Mitrione was so concerned about being the best he could possibly be for Roy Nelson, he did something unusual for him: shut off Twitter.
An invitation to enroll with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which was issued by Nelson more than a week ago, seemed like an unnecessary diversion, he said, though he's not opposed to drug testing
"Since I was coming on somewhat short notice, cutting a couple weeks out of my camp, and training for a five-round fight, this is something I wanted to make sure I didn't have any thing that could distract me," Mitrione told MMAjunkie.com.
VADA conducts random drug screens of enrolled athletes and utilizes tests not traditionally performed by most state athletic commissions, including carbon isotope radio (CIR) testing and screens for human growth hormone and erythropoietin (EPO). It costs several thousand dollars to enroll, however, the group previously has offered sponsorships to fighters, including Nelson.
"Obviously, it isn't ideal to have someone begin a program this late," wrote VADA President Margaret Goodman in an email. "So, in my mind … although not ideal, it would serve a purpose."
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