Disclaimer: “In no way are we implying that Rory MacDonald is going to fail his drug testing, we are only trying to insure that the fight happens” – BJ Penn.
We announced here on BJPENN.COM a few weeks ago that former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, BJ Penn was set to be the first UFC fighter to undergo the VADA testing program for his fight with Rory MacDonald.
In the initial phase of the deal Penn was under the assumption that everything was up for negotiation and one of those things would be that the results of the tests be released after the bout to insure the fight happens and protect everyone’s time and investment, including the UFC.
It is because of this inability to be flexible with the fighters and the UFC that this proposed, groundbreaking, agreement between Penn and MacDonald is now in jeopardy.
“I was under the impression everything was negotiable,” said Penn. “VADA says they cannot negotiate when the results will be released. I do not know that my opponent is 100% clean. Only Rory knows this answer. If I train for 3 months and my opponent fails the drug test, how do I get paid? How do I get compensated for my time?”
Penn went on to say…
“VADA needs to blaze the trail and be UFC and fighter friendly. If I train for 3 months and don’t get paid how will I be able to feed my children? They need to release the results after the fight so the money is guaranteed! This isn’t amateur sports. I’d rather fight a guy on steroids and get paid than to not get paid at all.”
BJ closed with…
“If VADA will not bend and help us clean up the sport in a way that makes everyone happy and secure, than I am willing to sponsor the testing myself from an independent laboratory or agency.”Tags: featured, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news