Drugs in sport is and will always be a huge talking point, with Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme something which has shone another bad light on athletics.
As we know, though, drugs are an issue in all world sports and UFC is no different. A number of stars have been flagged for violations recently but these developments haven’t done enough to satisfy Dedé Pederneiras.
Jose Aldo’s trainer wants to see stricter tests implemented in the lead-up to flights and has even gone to the extent of dragging Conor McGregor’s name through the mire with some explosive comments.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
McGregor famously beat Aldo to submission in under 13 seconds in December at UFC 194 when he was at the prime of his game.
But Pederneiras has now claimed the Irishman wasn’t drug tested during a period of over two months before the two battled it out.
Pederneiras acknowledged that McGregor was tested four times, the same amount as Aldo, but his trainer says that the first Irish-born champion in UFC history wasn’t checked until after he was in Los Angeles two weeks prior to the fight.
“Conor went two months and two days without being tested before the fight with Aldo. I was asking, asking, and asking but nothing was done." Pederneiras explained.
"I'm telling and challenging his trainer - test Conor seriously, I want to see if he makes weight."
Aldo’s trainer then somewhat backtracked on his declaration.
"I can't accuse anyone without having certainty. It would be frivolous to accuse someone without being certain. But, at the very least, it's strange,” Pederneiras added.
There is no doubt that these are some outrageous comments, which if proved true, shine a bad light on UFC. USADA or McGregor are yet to comment on the allegations.