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Old 01-17-2012, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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UFC announces pre-contract PED screening policy

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UFC® ANNOUNCES PRE-CONTRACT SCREENING POLICY FOR PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS

All Potential UFC and STRIKEFORCE® Signees Will Be Subject to Pre-Contract Testing Beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Continuing a commitment to the health and safety of its athletes, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that all potential UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® signees will be subject to a mandatory pre-contract screening for performance-enhancing drugs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all incoming athletes will be tested prior to finalizing a contract with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization.

UFC and STRIKEFORCE already work closely with the most prestigious regulators and athletic commissions to ensure the healthy and safety of athletes prior to competition. This includes contestants on The Ultimate Fighter®, all of whom are pre-screened for performance-enhancing drugs prior to participating on the longest-running sports reality show on television.

All current UFC and STRIKEFORCE athletes will continue to be screened for performance-enhancing drugs, both prior to competition and at random, in accordance with athletic commission rules and regulations.

“We’re committed to the health and safety of our athletes and we take it very seriously,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We already work closely with athletic commissions to protect our athletes and now we’re taking it one step further. We’re going to test any potential UFC or STRIKEFORCE fighter before finalizing their contract. This shows that we don’t want performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.”

This pre-contract screening policy further cements the organization’s dedication to the well-being of its athletes. In May, the organization announced that nearly 350 UFC and STRIKEFORCE independent contractor athletes would be eligible for customized accident insurance coverage, an unprecedented policy that covers accidental injuries suffered by athletes while training, as well as non-training incidents such as automobile accidents.

“The health and safety of our athletes is our top priority,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’ve seen the issues performance-enhancing drugs have caused in other sports and we’re going to do everything we can to keep them out of the UFC and STRIKEFORCE. Our athletes are already held to the highest testing standards in all sports by athletic commissions. Our new testing policy for performance-enhancing drugs only further shows how important it is to us to have our athletes competing on a level playing field.”
Source: UFC.com
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good move.
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I like it! It is a good move by the UFC brass!

While everybody knows that the athletes can just cycle off any PED before the test, at least is shows the UFC is serious about it.
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Now all we need is RANDOM drug testing so they can't cycle it.
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It's a good move but I'd like to see them introduce random monthly tests throughout the whole organisation.

For example the 1st of every month they request that 20 fighters on their roster must be tested, picked totally at random, whethter they are fighting soon or not. That way they wouldn't have the chance to cycle off any PEDs and the chances of catching the cheats would be a lot higher.
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I also like the random idea! I dont know that it is going to happen anytime soon, but if it did, the game would change a little bit!

Anybody who runs to another country when their test is request should face the same penalty as if they failed the test!
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I think that, generally, any additional requirement is an improvement over the current PED policy, which is terrible. This particular policy is good for the UFC, as it keeps them from being under contract with fighters who are going to fail a test, so they aren't hiring guys on long-term contracts who land a disqualification in their first fight.

I do like the idea of random testing for all fighters on the UFC roster. I'm not sure how this would work, for the purposes of the UFC's current contract, but stipulating possible random testing for all fighters would definitely be a good thing. It'd be interesting to see how many guys would choose to take the risk anyway, if it was something like twenty fighters getting tested per month. I'm not sure that math is necessarily the strong suit, but some guys might think that they could get lucky, and that the reward might be worth it.

I definitely like being more thorough in policing PEDs in the UFC, especially. It increases the professional image of the sport in the United States a lot, and lets commissions know that the organization is serious about keeping their fighters and fights above board as they push for legalization in various states and countries where the sport is still illegal.
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I think that, generally, any additional requirement is an improvement over the current PED policy, which is terrible. This particular policy is good for the UFC, as it keeps them from being under contract with fighters who are going to fail a test, so they aren't hiring guys on long-term contracts who land a disqualification in their first fight.

I do like the idea of random testing for all fighters on the UFC roster. I'm not sure how this would work, for the purposes of the UFC's current contract, but stipulating possible random testing for all fighters would definitely be a good thing. It'd be interesting to see how many guys would choose to take the risk anyway, if it was something like twenty fighters getting tested per month. I'm not sure that math is necessarily the strong suit, but some guys might think that they could get lucky, and that the reward might be worth it.

I definitely like being more thorough in policing PEDs in the UFC, especially. It increases the professional image of the sport in the United States a lot, and lets commissions know that the organization is serious about keeping their fighters and fights above board as they push for legalization in various states and countries where the sport is still illegal.
I totally agree. I definitely think it is is another step towards legitimising a sport that is probably scrutinised a lot closer than more mainstream sports like football where the use of PEDs is possibly overlooked in some cases.
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