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Tuesday, 01/17/2012, 11:11 am

UFC NEWS – UFC Announces Pre-Contract Screening Policy For P.E.D.'s

Continuing a commitment to the health and safety of its athletes, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that all potential UFC and STRIKEFORCE signees will be subject to a mandatory pre-contract screening for performance-enhancing drugs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all incoming athletes will be tested prior to finalizing a contract with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization.

UFC and STRIKEFORCE already work closely with the most prestigious regulators and athletic commissions to ensure the healthy and safety of athletes prior to competition. This includes contestants on The Ultimate Fighter, all of whom are pre-screened for performance-enhancing drugs prior to participating on the longest-running sports reality show on television.

All current UFC and STRIKEFORCE athletes will continue to be screened for performance-enhancing drugs, both prior to competition and at random, in accordance with athletic commission rules and regulations.

“We’re committed to the health and safety of our athletes and we take it very seriously,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We already work closely with athletic commissions to protect our athletes and now we’re taking it one step further. We’re going to test any potential UFC or STRIKEFORCE fighter before finalizing their contract. This shows that we don’t want performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.”

This pre-contract screening policy further cements the organization’s dedication to the well-being of its athletes. In May, the organization announced that nearly 350 UFC and STRIKEFORCE independent contractor athletes would be eligible for customized accident insurance coverage, an unprecedented policy that covers accidental injuries suffered by athletes while training, as well as non-training incidents such as automobile accidents.

“The health and safety of our athletes is our top priority,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’ve seen the issues performance-enhancing drugs have caused in other sports and we’re going to do everything we can to keep them out of the UFC and STRIKEFORCE. Our athletes are already held to the highest testing standards in all sports by athletic commissions. Our new testing policy for performance-enhancing drugs only further shows how important it is to us to have our athletes competing on a level playing field.”

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16 Responses to “UFC NEWS – UFC Announces Pre-Contract Screening Policy For P.E.D.'s”

  1. Mr.Rusk says:

    Like this matters at all anything less then random monthly testing for all contracted fighters is just PR blowing smoke

  2. Long-Strong says:

    eh… i feel like this really makes the statement of “all of them are on steroids” is true…

  3. Thetude says:

    I cant believe it took them this long to implement Pre contract tests, every professional sport should be doing the same, Fuck PEDs

  4. Zack says:

    They need to do random testing every month. But if they did that there wouldn’t be anyone left in the ufc

  5. King Prodigy LEVREAU says:

    Perception is everything! Why wouldn’t the UFC do this from day one of there organization? I agree with others about the random testing and this is the only way to truly know for sure what they are on or putting in there system. Fuck PED’s and the cheaters that use them. How may UFC fighters have lost to people on steroids and then put to the back of the line or was never the same after that? meanwhile the users keep going on with there life and try to justify there reason’s for this or that, when there is none. I guess the pressure get’s to them and that shows a weak minded individual, not a warrior!

  6. Mach00man says:

    Damn, half of the UFC and Strikefocre will be suspended then. Wouldn’t that be funny? The MMA version of “The Replacements”

  7. GreenTeaBagger says:

    Herb Dean is the new Light Heavyweight Champion of the World by default…because he is the only one in that weight class to test clean….

  8. mike g says:

    I have serious doubts about P.E.D… performance enhancing are they? The majority of fighters I see get busted r the ones that lost the fight. The real unfair advantage comes from recovering from injuries…….did the athletic commission strip nick diaz of the win over gomi because of marijuana in his system? It’s such an old story I can’t find much info on it

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