White: 80% of UFC athletes would fail random marijuana test

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dana White said Thursday that if he were to implement year-round, random drug testing of his approximately 475 contracted fighters, as many as 80 percent of them might wind up being suspended.

The drug he’s concerned about, though, is not what you might think.

The outspoken UFC president reiterated his long-held position that drug testing by state athletic commissions is sufficient to police the sport. When pressed if he’s considering a random, year-round drug screening process to try to eradicate performance-enhancing drugs from the UFC, White said he is not certain. He said it is something he’s never considered previously.

Then, he conceded he’s worried about a slew of positive tests if he did adopt such a regimen.

“Forget about PEDs,” White said. “If we get into this system that we’re talking about where we would randomly test these guys, do you know how many guys would probably test positive for marijuana? It would be probably off the charts.

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