“I think he did it just to start [expletive] to get something going. But I was up for it. I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do [the VADA testing.]’ I was ready to prove that I’m not on anything, and maybe motivate other fighters to start doing [VADA], too. But he was the one that offered it and then backed out of it… He started making all these sayings like they (said they) weren’t going to release the tests before the fight, and they never did. He started making up all this stuff, so I don’t really know what’s going on with B.J.’s head right now.”
– Rory MacDonald via the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference in Toronto.
In an attempt to clean up the sport and set a clear example for other athletes, BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald verbally agreed some time ago to enlist in the VADA testing program.
After some confusion, some minor hesitation and some convincing Penn went through on his promise to his opponent and his fans by finalizing the enlistment process into VADA last week.
We now wait for Rory to follow through on his word.
Manager of the Canadian, Lex McMahon, put the pressure on Penn prior to BJ’s enrollment by stating if he did not follow through with VADA they would be taking shots at him through the media.
He then backed off the topic of slandering Penn when BJ announced his enrollment. McMahon went on to promise the media and fans that his client would follow in Penn’s footsteps and enroll into VADA as well.
“Our camp is very happy that B.J. has decided to participate in the VADA program that he had put forward,” McMahon told mmajunkie.com . “Rory’s completing his paperwork and will be joining him soon, and I think that Rory is definitely excited about the possibilities of what this means for the sport in the big picture, and he’s happy he can play a small role in this.”
Knowing the sign up process is quick and painless, Penn, who has already been signed up for five-days, is awaiting the word from VADA that Rory has done the same. However as of current date the Penn camp has yet to receive confirmation from the organization that the Canadian athlete has completed all necessary steps to participate in the plan. So did Rory’s manager speak to soon?
I now pose the question to you Penn Nation!
Will Rory follow in BJ’s footsteps and enlist in VADA for this fight while testing is still relevant, or will he back down from all the talk?Tags: featured, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news