The United States Anti-Doping Agency, the organization that the UFC has enlisted to help combat MMA’s long standing performance enhancing drug problem, has as long history of aggravating fighters with surprise visits. In an effort to catch potential PED-users unawares, USADA agents will often show up unannounced, in the wee hours of the morning, oftentimes infuriating their groggy test subjects in the process. One USADA rep is even reported to have had a gun pointed in his face.
The latest fighter to go off on USADA is UFC middleweight Uriah Hall, who says he was woken up by a testing agent on Monday morning. However, USADA was not the only target of Hall’s rage. The fighter is also furious with his steroid-using peers, who are, of course, the reason USADA is necessary to begin with. Hall made his opinion clear in a Monday morning post to his Instagram story.
Uriah Hall is not happy with USADA pic.twitter.com/QpYnZ9gP96
— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) November 20, 2017
“Fuck you USADA,” Hall said in his profanity-laiden post. “Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you for waking me up for no fucking reason. I’m sick of all these steroid using dick heads that make people like me have to suffer!”
Uriah Hall is currently gearing up for a key middleweight showdown with MMA legend Vitor Belfort. The pair will collide in St. Louis, MO on January 14. When we last saw him in action, he picked up a beautiful, second-round knockout over the ever-dangerous Krzysztof Jotko. This win separated him from consecutive losses to Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi. Belfort, meanwhile, last fought in June, when he picked up a controversial decision win over fellow veteran Nate Marquardt.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 20/11/2017.