With the ban of IVs for the use of re-hydrating, plenty of fighters have spoken up about the subject.
Last week USADA visited ATT and informed fighters that IVs will no longer be allowed. Fighter who cut a lot of weight are going to have to figure out how to adapt to this new rule, or move weight classes.
One UFC fighter, Anthony Birchak, isn’t pleased with the situation and talked about it on Periscope:
“It’s not to control fighters cutting too much weight. They’re searching for cheaters, guys who are blood packing, blood doping. The way they check it is plasticides on your urine. Basically, whatever residue is on the inside of the plastic IV bag, drains into the solution, and you piss those chemicals out. That’s how they see if you’ve been using an IV”
“I think it’s f—-ng dumb. A lot of fighters are going to get knocked out. Guys cutting a lot of weight will have to move back up. I just saw Ian Entwistle get pulled out. I know that guy is huge and probably used 3 or 4 bags to get back up in weight.”
“It’s shitty. I had a very good friend of mine got knocked out because he didn’t rehydrate properly. They’re going to expect us to go out there and fight and not be fully hydrated to the max. We run a big chance of getting knocked out. It’s f—-ng shitty.”
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