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UFC-USADA loophole could be letting chosen athletes avoid testing in secret

Postby rique000 » Dec 11. 2017, 12:40

The UFC’s Anti-Doping policy contains a loophole that could let athletes avoid testing by “retiring” and “un-retiring” in secret with the UFC’s permission. USADA refuses to disclose information about the registered testing pool that would prevent these exemptions from staying secret.


If an athlete suspiciously retired and un-retired, skipping the testing pool whenever they didn’t have a fight, we would notice, right? 

Wrong.

It turns out the UFC and USADA can, and do, hide that information. There is no way for anyone to see who is and is not part of the registered testing pool at any time. USADA cannot or will not confirm which athletes are part of the pool, and the UFC, thus far, haven’t even responded to questions about it.

We have a situation where we can’t find out who is and isn’t in the testing pool, and the UFC president appears to be making incorrect statements about who is and isn’t being tested to the media.

This means, in theory, even if an athlete publicly says they are retired, they might not be. And even if Dana White says they aren’t retired, they might officially be retired as far as USADA is concerned. We would have no way of verifying that information, and Dana has a habit of being less than truthful when it comes to public statements.

By hiring USADA to implement their anti-doping policy, the UFC helped create a firewall between themselves and decisions around things like TUEs, which the UFC has [font=Helvetica, sans-serif]been criticized over in the past. The truth is, there probably isn’t a better option than USADA out there to run an independent drug testing program, but that’s not to say it couldn’t be improved.[/font]
When the UFC has had the ability to secretly give fighters passes and cover up results in the past, the evidence suggests [font=Helvetica, sans-serif]they have, though the UFC denies there was a “cover-up”. You can argue about whether or not that would happen today, but the optics of the situation means transparency should be favored over opacity to avoid even the impression of favoritism or malfeasance.[/font]

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Re: UFC-USADA loophole could be letting chosen athletes avoid testing in secret

Postby rique000 » Dec 13. 2017, 08:21

We all know the Diaz brothers are not on this preferred secret USADA/UFC list and that Cain Velasquez wrecked well known
steroid user Brock Lesnar. 

Anybody care to speculate who is on that preferred secret USADA/UFC list?



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Re: UFC-USADA loophole could be letting chosen athletes avoid testing in secret

Postby Kizzo » Dec 13. 2017, 08:26

rique000 wrote:We all know the Diaz brothers are not on this preferred secret USADA/UFC list and that Cain Velasquez wrecked well known
steroid user Brock Lesnar. 

Anybody care to speculate who is on that preferred secret USADA/UFC list?



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