Two weeks after UFC 172 main-eventers, Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, were randomly drug tested ahead of their clash, the UFC has announced new drug testing policies.
Speaking to reporters in LA, UFC President Dana White revealed that every fighter on every card will be subjected to drug tests before and after their fights.
The move comes as the UFC is facing ever increasing scrutiny to improve their drug testing methods, with the issue being one of the many reasons former-welterweight champion and top draw, Georges Saint-Pierre, has undertaken a sabbatical.
Previously it was just the main-event fighters and then a random selection of competitors who were tested, which may have let some guys slip through the net but now every fighter will be expected to pee in the cup.
Speaking about the change White said: ""As far as testing, what we used to do is we used to roll into town and the title fight always got tested, and there was random testing. We're testing the whole card now. The whole card is getting tested. Everyone is getting tested."
He also made comments about fighters speculating who's using and who isn't and whether they should use to 'level the playing field'.
"If you can make sure you take a hard enough stance and you can keep these young, talented kids off these drugs, their careers are going to last longer. Once all the kids realize there is a level playing field, you have these guys paranoid, ‘I know this guy is using, I know he is, I have to fight this guy and he's on it, so maybe I should do it too' once we can eliminate all that it's going to make the sport a lot better for everybody, them and us."
These comments can be seen as a shot at GSP and Johny Hendricks who clashed several times over doping allegations, with both inferring the other was using and trying to discredit the other's choice of doping agency.
That said, the changes will bring a tougher regulation to the sport and it comes at a time when the UFC and the athletic commissions have faced more and more questions about what they plan to do about doping in the international sport.
In late February, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) banned the use of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) which meant that fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson had their licenses to fight in the state revoked and they may struggle to get them back with White saying he and doctors still aren't sure how it works.
"The question becomes, because they were on it, their [testosterone to epitestosterone] ratios are still going up, even though their levels are down, and I'm like, ‘are you f--- kidding me?' They're done, it's over, and we still can't figure it out? I'm so happy TRT is gone. It's confusing, nobody understands it. Not even the doctors, the doctors don't understand it. If you talk to three, they have three different answers on it. I'm glad it's gone."
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