by Steven Marrocco on Jan 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm ET
The UFC still is considering more changes to its existing policies regarding drug testing, but in advance of UFC on FX 7, the promotion has instituted two new rules to act as deterrents.
All fighters who compete on international events will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
Additionally, the promotion won't pay out fight-night bonuses until drug testing results are available, Ratner said.
Currently, the UFC offers cash incentives for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night." Typically, they are handed out after the event and announced by UFC President Dana White.
The changes will be in place this weekend when UFC on FX 7 goes down at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event's main-card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
In locales without an athletic commission, the UFC takes the role under the direction of Ratner, who is the former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This time around, a new Brazilian commission appointed by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) will oversee the event, Ratner said.
Drug testing for the event will be held by an independent facility hired by the UFC, as with earlier international events.
Just this past week, two fighters, Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran, were flagged by the promotion for failing post-fight drug tests at UFC on FX 6, which took place in December in Australia. Both will be forced to sit out nine months.
UFC fighters are required to pass a drug test prior to signing with the promotion and are forbidden by contract from using banned substances.
Out-of-competition testing, which is widely considered the most effective way to keep the sport clean, has yet to be employed.