After weeks of decision making, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn has finalized his enrollment with the VADA testing program.
Penn will be the first UFC fighter to undergo the voluntary testing that the organization provides in an attempt to set a clear example to the rest of the sport.
In a release to BJPENN.COM Penn stated, “I just submitted my paperwork for VADA and I’m ready to enter the program. VADA has not changed their standards for me, my test results will be released as they become available to the UFC, commission and the ABC.”
Scheduled to fight Rory MacDonald on the UFC 152 main card in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, BJ Penn hopes to lead the way towards a cleaner and safer Mixed Martial Arts.
Many in the media have speculated over the past several weeks that Penn would no longer be involved in the program as originally thought. However, when asked by BJPENN.COM to clarify the change of heart Penn responded with…
“I feel much more comfortable with the VADA testing standards knowing that I will not be the main attraction at UFC 152. The responsibility of being a main event fighter was such that I did not want to jeopardize my employer’s promotion of the event. The UFC has put together a great main and co-main event and I am happy to be a part of the card and comply with the VADA testing standards.”Tags: featured, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news