New details released for UFC’s Anti-Doping Program as USADA partnership ends
Harry Kettle - December 29, 2023
Firas Zahabi says he was “speechless” after hearing news of the UFC’s split with USADA: “One guy is going to ruin it for everybody?”
Harry Kettle - November 9, 2023
UFC hires former Saddam Hussein investigator to lead post-USADA drug testing program
Josh Evanoff - October 13, 2023
Bobby Green sounds off on USADA after being "chased" for drug test: "Y'all can suck my d**k!"
Chris Taylor - June 18, 2022
UFC lightweight Bobby Green is not happy after allegedly being “chased” by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for a drug test. Green (29-13-1 MMA), who has not competed since suffering a first round TKO loss to Islam Makhachev in February, took to social media where he sounded off on USADA officials.
Lilya Shakirova handed two-year suspension from USADA
Drake Riggs - August 30, 2021
UFC fans won’t be seeing Lilya Shakirova on their screens until 2022. USADA announced on Monday that the UFC flyweight prospect had received a suspension for past usage of a banned substance.
Gilbert Melendez receives two-year USADA suspension
Tom Taylor - July 27, 2020
Gilbert Melendez, who is no longer a member of the UFC roster, has been suspended for two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA, the official anti-doping partner of the UFC, announced this news in a Monday press release:
Angela Hill contacted by USADA lawyers over D.A.R.E. inspired t-shirt
Tom Taylor - July 9, 2020
UFC strawweight contender Angela Hill says she was contacted by lawyers from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) about a t-shirt she created. Hill recently created a clever USADA t-shirt that took inspiration from the organization D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), “an education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior.”
Jeff Novitzky attempts to explain why so many fighters test positive for Ostarine and why it’s banned
Natasha Hooper - June 19, 2020
USADA rules two athletes are "not at fault" due to sexually transmitted banned substances
Tom Taylor - June 12, 2020
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has given two athletes a pass on the basis that banned substances entered their systems via sexual transmission. Inside the MMA bubble, USADA is known as the official anti-doping partner for the UFC. The organization has made a long list of busts since it joined forces with the mixed martial arts promotion.
Kelvin Gastelum tests positive for marijuana, receives second USADA suspension
Tom Taylor - May 11, 2020
UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum has received a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for marijuana. This is the second time Gastelum has tested positive for the substance. The drug test in question was administered after Gastelum’s UFC 244 loss to Darren Till. Gastelum was originally handed a nine-month suspension for this failed test, retroactive to November 3, but that term was later reduced by four months.
USADA to continue random testing of UFC fighters despite coronavirus pandemic
Harry Kettle - March 18, 2020
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that they will continue random drug testing on UFC fighters despite the coronavirus pandemic. The sports world has been turned upside down in the last week or so as a direct result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, with multiple leagues and organizations being forced to cancel or postpone events for the foreseeable future.
Jessica Penne accepts 20-month USADA suspension
Tom Taylor - February 28, 2020
UFC strawweight Jessica Penne has accepted a 20-month sanction from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for her second anti-doping policy violation. USADA announced this development in a Friday press release.
Ali Abdelaziz sends a warning to UFC fighters regarding USADA: 'It’s them or us!'
Natasha Hooper - December 4, 2019
MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz wants fighters to careful in their dealings with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Abdelaziz is the CEO of Dominance MMA. The company is responsible for a roster of MMA talent including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Frankie Edgar, Kamaru Usman, and Henry Cejudo (to name a few).
USADA announces major changes to UFC anti-doping policy
Tom Taylor - November 25, 2019
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced sweeping changes to the UFC’s anti-doping policy. These changes were announced in a Monday press release, which can be read below: The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the UFC® today announced changes to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. The policy changes are designed to ensure intentional cheaters are deterred and held accountable in the event they choose to dope while also being fair and just on those athletes who innocently test positive for a prohibited substance and gain no performance advantage.
Nate Diaz explains decision to go public with USADA ordeal
Thomas Taylor - October 30, 2019
Nate Diaz gave everybody a scare last week when he announced that an adverse finding on one of his United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug tests had forced him out of his UFC 244 fight with Jorge Masvidal. Thankfully, everything turned out ok, and his fight with Masvidal will go ahead as planned, but it was still a stress-inducing moment for anyone that follows this sport.
Jon Jones offers USADA advice to Sean O'Malley
Harry Kettle - October 25, 2019
Controversial UFC star Jon Jones has offered some advice to Sean O’Malley regarding the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Jones has taken it upon himself to use the ongoing USADA situation with Nate Diaz in order to give his own thoughts on the organization, once again claiming that he considered himself to be innocent despite a series of past indiscretions.
Jeff Notvitzky says USADA is 'still evaluating' Paulo Costa case
Tom Taylor - April 24, 2019
If you were hoping to see undefeated middleweight knockout artist Paulo Costa back in the cage soon, well, you might have some waiting to do. According to UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky, Paulo Costa is still being investigated by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after being fined $9,333.33 by the New York State Athletic Commission for an unknown violation.
Nicco Montano among three others accept USADA suspensions
Drake Riggs - April 23, 2019
It has been an absolute rollercoaster ride of a career to this point for the inaugural UFC flyweight champion, Nicco Montano. Entering The Ultimate Fighter season 26 as a bright prospect yet consensus underdog, Montano would go on to win the whole show and become the champion as she defeated some of the division’s best. Her crowning moment came on December 1, 2017.
Walt Harris accepts USADA sanction, win over Arlovski overturned
Tom Taylor - April 23, 2019
UFC heavyweight Walt Harris has accepted a four-month sanction from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the anabolic agent LGD-4033. In addition, Harris’ UFC 232 split decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has been overturned to a no-contest. USADA announced this news in a release, explaining that Harris’ violation was the result of his use of a tainted supplement:
BREAKING | TJ Dillashaw issues statement regarding failed drug test
Nolan King - April 12, 2019
Earlier this month, the MMA world was sent into a tizzy when UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw tested positive for EPO. As a result, the 135-pound king was suspended for two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Despite statements being issued from his teammates, coaches, and trainers, Dillashaw remained silent on the issue. However, that changed on Friday afternoon when the 33-year-old bantamweight released a video on Instagram.
Coach Duane Ludwig comments on TJ Dillashaw situation
Tom Taylor - April 10, 2019
Yesterday afternoon, former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw was hit with a two-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), a substance that can only be injected, and is therefor not taken accidentally. Speaking on Instagram, Duane Ludwig, the long-time handler of TJ Dillashaw, issued a quick statement on the situation. He referred to Dillashaw’s EPO use as “inexcusable” but vowed to stand by his student.
MMA stars react to TJ Dillashaw USADA suspension
Thomas Taylor - April 9, 2019
This afternoon, news broke that TJ Dillashaw has been suspended for two years for his use of recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), an “injectable only” drug. “I’m quite familiar with EPO from my days investigating professional cycling teams,” UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky told ESPN of EPO and how it is used. “It’s a very effective substance. It’s not a substance you find in contaminated supplements, it’s injectable only. You have to know what you’re doing when it enters your system.