By Lynn Mitchell:
Days leading up to a statement where The UFC President Dana White explains at Saturday’s post-UFC on FUEL TV 2 press conference in Stockholm, in colorful detail why the UFC will not do random testing on the UFC roster of 375 fighters.
Alistair Overeem the contender for the heavyweight title fight to take place at UFC 146 on May 26 2012 has tested positive for a band substance, and leaves the match up between heavyweight Champ Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem in purgatory. Mr. White and fans around the world won’t know if the 260lb behemoth will be on the card until April 24th when Overeem goes before the NSAC board for his hearing.
“We don’t do random testing,” White said. “First of all, all the guys who come into the UFC, now we changed the policy. You sign a deal with us, you get tested. You go into ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ you get tested. We test. We don’t even have to fucking test. That’s not what we do. That’s what the athletic commission does.
Then the athletic commission now is doing random tests before, leading up to the fight, after the fight. They’re being tested like crazy. The fucking testing in this sport is insane. It is literally the gold standard in all of sports.”
I have 375 fighters in every country all over the world. The battle that I have to get these guys to get their fucking bout agreements back and show up for press is fucking unbelievable. The fact that I have to make personal phone calls to tell guys to talk to the fucking press, now I’m going to start making personal phone calls to go show up for random drug tests?
The general public and the media need to grasp some fucking concept of reality. The reality of us doing all the fucking things that we’re doing when we already have the gold standard in drug testing, and then fucking try to chase 375 guys all over the world to randomly test them, too? It’s impossible. You look at all the other organizations … you look at all the other companies that have tried to do what we do, nobody can fucking do it. You know why? Because this job is insane.”
It’s fucking crazy. I was standing in Las Vegas 10 hours ago filming a fucking TV show. Now I’m sitting here, and I’m going to randomly drug test 375 guys around the world? You know where I’m going in a few hours? To fucking Abu Dhabi. Then I go back and film ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Then I go back to Atlanta, Miami, and I’m in fucking Rio de Janeiro for three hours, then back to Las Vegas, where I’ll film ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ again. And in between there somewhere, I’m going to randomly drug test 375 fighters?”
It is obvious the UFC president has spread himself thin, and needs help to track down fighters and somehow test them. Dana shows clear frustration as he goes on to say:
“We have a ton of staff, and the answer isn’t throwing more bodies at this thing. When all this shit happens, I have to make personal phone calls. Me. I have a full PR team, right? Good people – people from all over the world that have great fucking resumes and everything else. I have to make personal phone calls and say, ‘Dude, why are you not showing up for this fucking thing you’re supposed to do? Did you say no, you wouldn’t do this?’ I’m still making personal phone calls like that.
It’s an easy, random, general fun thing to throw around and say, ‘Hey, I don’t think the UFC is doing enough. I think they should do this and randomly drug test their 375 fighters.’ We’re already fucking doing it when they sign their contracts. It’s being done before they come on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ It’s being done by the athletic commission before, during and after fights. It’s just, you guys are being fucking ridiculous.
Seriously, and I know that this is a crazy-hot topic right now, but literally in all of sports, we have the gold standard in testing policies and everything else the way these guys are tested.
These guys are getting tested all the time. You know why we’re sitting here talking about this? Because these guys are being fucking tested.
When people start saying, ‘This is starting to affect the credibility,’ it does not affect the credibility of the UFC. We are 100 percent more on top of drug testing than any other fucking sport on earth, other than the Olympics.
I don’t want to talk about (Overeem). I’m too upset about it. Seriously, I can’t talk about it.
I will snap and freak out, and I don’t want to do that. I can’t talk about it.”
Dana says, “The UFC has the gold standard in all of sports.”
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