Two massively buff middleweight fighters are going to cause a ruckus when they go toe-to-toe in September.
I’m talking about Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero, of course. Two contenders trying to climb the ranks of one of the UFC’s most talent rich divisions.
In the lead up to their recently announced scrap, Kennedy has gone on record that he wants random drug testing for himself and his opponent.
He broke it down for ESPN:
“They randomly test three dudes and all three fail. All in my weight class. All dudes I could potentially be fighting. I went from just being vocal about drug use, to saying to myself, ‘I have to make a stand about this.’ “
“I’m really impressed in the change in both the climate and the UFC’s perception of it. The UFC is forking over money for testing, so it’s been top-driven, which makes me proud to be in the UFC. They are really the only organization that is doing it and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
“But the first time [the NSAC] randomly tested people, everybody failed. Imagine what that looks like across 450 athletes. Are we talking 60 or 70 percent? I really believe it’s somewhere in that range of fighters that are using.”