The end goal is unannounced, year-round blood and urine tests on the UFC’s stable of approximately 500 athletes using an independent sample collector.
“We are meeting with different companies right now and we’re going to have out-of-competition testing,” Ratner told ESPN.com. “We’re not sure when it’s going to start, but we’re working on it right now.
“Unannounced blood and urine is going to happen, hopefully in the next three or four months. When you’re talking about 500 fighters, there are a lot of logistics. Having fighters in foreign countries makes it tougher, but we’re coming up with a plan and (agencies) are making proposals to us in the next two weeks.”
ESPN broke the story about the random testing, which may be a result of the increase of failed drug tests since the UFC and the NSAC have started doing random out-of-competition drug testing as of late. Several fighters including Mark Bocek and Georges St. Pierre have come forward about the abusing of PEDs in MMA, and how it needs to be changed.