ABC head positive about new UFC PED testing plans

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Association of Boxing Commissions is a Federally-mandated body, made up of the state, provincial, tribal, and municipal government athletic commissions in North America. It's president, Tim Lueckenhoff, recently expressed support for the UFC's new enhanced PED testing plans.

“I applaud the UFC for recognizing they need to step up and take action,” wrote Lueckenhoff to MMAjunkie. “Now, we as commissions need to figure out how we handle a fighter who is positive outside-of-competition.”

Nick Lembo, chair of the ABC legal and rules committee, and legal counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, sees a way for the UFC-funded third party testing results to be made widely available. The ABC's official records keeper, mixedmartialarts.com, maintains a database of fights and suspensions, so a fighter suspended in one jurisdiction cannot turn around and fight in another.

“It would seem that the testing laboratory could report the results directly to the contestant’s home jurisdiction, to the ABC’s MMA Database Committee, and the ABC Medical Committee. As the ABC’s legal committee chair, I would remind members that any information can be considered when contemplating licensing and bout approval decisions.”

“I would expect that ABC members would seriously consider reports of positive results from accredited laboratories when considering to grant or renew a license, issuing disciplinary action to a current licensee, or deciding an upcoming event’s bout approval.”