Is Roy Nelson hurting VADA?

by Ben Fowlkes | source: mmajunkie
 

In another must-read piece, MMAJunkie's Ben Fowlkes argues that Roy Nelson being Roy Nelson can get in the way of Roy Nelson's best interests, and those of the sport.

Roy Nelson has become perhaps the sport's most vocal crusader for improved performance-enhancing drug testing – and at a time when MMA needs such a crusader. You just wish he could make it a little easier for people to take him seriously, especially when he's being serious.

The drug testing issue is a perfect example of how "Big Country" sometimes lets his Big Country-ness overshadow his message. Ever since he teamed up with VADA to do exhaustive voluntary testing before each fight, he's used it as much as a tool for self-promotion as a tool for cleaning up the sport. He wields it against opponents like an unspoken accusation. It turns VADA into the thing that Nelson tries to bully other fighters into, rather than a thing they could do together. It makes his fellow heavyweights want to resist it, just as Shane Carwin and Mitrione both did with no small amount of resentment.

"If Roy wants to bring it up to me, why doesn't Roy bring it up to them and then they call me directly?" Mitrione said earlier this week, when explaining why he refused Nelson's offer to participate in the voluntary testing. "Why would Roy call me directly and be like, 'Hey, here's the VADA stuff?' What the f--- kind of a president of a company would say, 'Hey, just go ahead and handle that yourself?' You want to get the attention from it? Want kind of bulls--- is that?"

Mitrione has a point there. But he's objecting to the how instead of the why, which is not so different from White's criticism of Nelson from a promoter's perspective. It's the form rather than the function, yet again. The idea of supplemental voluntary testing is still a good one, whether you think VADA is the right agency to do it or not. Maybe it's just that Nelson has gotten so used to doing things his own way – and so used to ignoring people who tell him he's wrong – he can't let himself work with people. He associates his own brand of stubbornness with independence, and he doesn't see that sometimes his attitude is the problem rather than the solution.

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B_Goetz site profile image  

12/19/12 12:09 PM by B_Goetz

VADA has no authority, and is accountable to no one. It's someone's scheme to make themselves an important figure in the MMA world, like that ex-FBI agent inventing WAMMA, and the "MMA Fighter's Association" or whatever before it.Only a fool would leave their reputation in the hands of someone like Victor Conte, when they have absolutely nothing to gain by doing so.

SamboMMA site profile image  

12/19/12 11:35 AM by SamboMMA

We don't need to support Roy [or BJ] in anything but their fights. They're using VADA as an excuse to throw passive-aggressive accusations.

SmackyBear site profile image  

12/19/12 1:39 AM by SmackyBear

Who exactly in VADA is a shady and corrupt asshole?

RyanTheMasterBader site profile image  

12/18/12 7:17 PM by RyanTheMasterBader

So then, do you use PED's?

Billytk site profile image  

12/18/12 10:40 AM by Billytk

VADA is way to shady and full of corrupt assholes to be the company used to clean anything up, they are just shy of extortionists and I wouldn't trust anything they did. Roy while he could have been a decent spokesperson for clean fighting has gone full heel with it and used testing as a form of bullying and mind games and has done more to push people away from testing then to pull them towards it.Good testing isn't a bad idea but using VADA to do it and Roy to promote it IS

Teddy KGB site profile image  

12/18/12 5:30 AM by Teddy KGB

Cant understand why anyone would think that VADA is a bad thing.We need to support Roy and VADA if we want to make steps towards a cleaner sport. The UFC and the athletic commission are doing nothing to stop it.

THP site profile image  

12/18/12 2:59 AM by THP

The war on drugs in sports is as hopeless as the war on drugs in America.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

12/18/12 2:56 AM by ChaosOverkill

If people want as clean as possible why not use WADA the olympic one, as far as I know they aren't run by shady dicks

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

12/18/12 2:55 AM by ChaosOverkill

wasn't BJ the first?

Reed Rothchild site profile image  

12/18/12 2:49 AM by Reed Rothchild

VTFU..... You are saying what most of think.. Thanks