UFC Implements New Drug Policy For Athletes | UFC NEWS
Las Vegas, NV hosted UFC and Strikeforce Fighter Summit where the hot topic was PEDs and TRT. Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, detailed the laws and regulations pertaining to PEDs and TRT; Dr. Jeff Davidson, the promotions’ medical consultant, discussed TRT along with PEDs and its short and long term effects.
The new formalized written policy against performance enhancing drugs and other banned substances is said to be a continuation of the existing policy. The same law firm that advises the NFL on PEDS will be drafting the guidelines both the UFC and Strikeforce will follow. The company’s Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, Lawrence Epstein explains
“It is important to continue educating our athletes on the dangers of PEDs and other banned substances,” said Epstein. “Additionally, no new UFC or Strikeforce promotional agreement will become effective before the athlete has provided a clean PED test result.
“PED and banned substance usage harms the integrity of sport, potentially compromises the safety of our athletes, raises concerns for both short and long-term health issues and sends an improper message to our fanbase. We will continue to be at the forefront of this issue. And we will continue to work with Athletic Commissions and other bodies to ensure – to the fullest extent possible – that testing procedure keep pace with scientific advancements regarding the identification and detection of prohibited substances.”
The rules and policies are set in place. The company makes a clear stance on what they will consider, tolerate and find unacceptable. Ultimately the fighter decides what road to take.