UFC Flyweight star Ali Bagautinov has become the second fighter in a month to fail a drugs test for EPO.
The Dagestani fighter failed his pre-fight test ahead of his UFC 174 main event appearance, where he lost to champion Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson via Unanimous Decision.
Although Bagautinov had failed the tests before the event, the results weren't published until this morning and it has left UFC President Dana White fuming.
He told Yahoo that was "beyond disappointed" and that the UFC are trying to clean up the sport but at the moment the cost is huge.
"We're not paying lip service to this," White said. "We're trying to clean this up. It's hurting everyone in the sport and we're all over it."
"We had this conversation yesterday: Two to three million bucks is a big [expletive] number. But, we were talking yesterday, $300,000 to a half million, we can do it."
Perhaps the biggest issue for the UFC isn't just the price of testing but the general luck needed to catch cheaters as drugs like EPO clear the system in less than 24 hours.
EPO was made infamous in cycling and Lance Armstrong attested to the fact that because it cleared his system so quickly, he passed 100s of drugs tests over his career due to knowing when tests were coming.
So the only way to catch out these guys on EPO would with random drugs test, like Bagautinov and Chael Sonnen were but with the UFC balking at the price, it could be giving these guys time to get clean.
Ronda Rousey spoke out against the lack of reprimand for drugs cheats, stating that the reprimand is a small fine and a suspension, to which would be seen as a holiday as many fighters take long stints off anyways.
Questions and worries
Alongside Sonnen's failure, the questions and worries over who's clean and who isn't are cropping up more and more and whether the top fighters have been cheating in the past, or are, could threaten to derail the progress the UFC has made.
Georges St-Pierre left the UFC last year, stating that subpar drugs testing was one of the reasons he was taking time off. The UFC didn't establish anything at that time, even when one of their top draws was walking out.
Seven months later and they now have two main event fighters exposed as cheating and nobody is reacting as if they're isolated cases but instead, just the tip of iceberg for MMA drugs cheats.
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