June 17th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
UFC’S WHITE SAYS “NO” TO RANDOM DRUG TESTS
San Francisco, CA- If you watch TMZ, that TV show that follows celebs to and fro, you might remember how cool UFC fighter Josh Koscheck was while being quizzed leaving a Hollywood nightclub after his last fight. Or maybe you’ve heard about the PR dust storm that Josh started when he all but said that the UFC 170 lb. champ Georges St. Pierre is a cheater, something I thought was proved when his corner rubbed grease on him after rounds two and three of a fight with BJ Penn.
AND JOSH SAID WHAT AT THE UFC MEDIA DAY?
Set to be the next opponent for the Canadian welterweight champion St. Pierre, Koscheck said the following at the recent UFC Fan Expo that preceded UFC 115 a fortnight ago. “From what I’ve heard from fighters in other camps. Yeah (GSP) has done steroids and HGH.” He then went on about how GSP is ripped all year, yada, yada, yada. But where he showed true grit was when he said, “I’m for random testing more than anyone in the UFC.”
DANA WHITE DIDN’T LIKE THAT!
Koscheck went on to say he wants full Olympic style drug testing in the sport of MMA as soon as possible. Sans testing, Koscheck sees doom. “I’m not going to name names, but I want it (testing) to happen soon. It’s going to be bad, like a certain other (pro wrestling) sport. I don’t want to say the sport, but it’s not going to be the best fighter that wins the fight.” This irked UFC czar Dana White, who has made it clear that he is not for any testing in addition to what is being utilized now.
DAVE MELTZER ON CURRENT MMA TESTING
According to award winning scribe Dave Meltzer, “People with money And connections can have people put together a PED program for them and beat any testing. You just have to avoid certain things at certain times. The current MMA testing you can do Growth Hormone until the day of the fight and certain steroids until very late in training camp. Random testing makes it more it more difficult for sure. The current system is unfair to the clean athletes, but that’s been the case in every power sport since the 1970s.”
DANA WHITE HAS SAID SOME LAME STUFF BEFORE…BUT
With various Commissions offering up beatable tests, the UFC does their own drug testing when they hold events in Europe and only on the day the fight is held! After Koscheck said he wants “random testing” leading up to the upcoming fight with St. Pierre, Dana White went off. “I think that’s what an athletic commission is for. The athletic commissions have been around for a long time. When fighters start talking about other guys being drug tested? Shut up. Worry about you. It’s been a long time since somebody tested positive for steroids. When we first took over, guys were popping here and there and I said, ‘You have to be a moron to do steroids in this sport.’ It’s just dumb.”
DOES THE UFC OWN THE SILVER STATE?
Former Nevada Attorney General Kirk Hendrick is now the UFC head legal counsel. Keith Kizer, the guy who runs the Commission today, well he is Kirk’s best friend. Mark Ratner, formally held Kizer’s position, he is a UFC VP. In addition, there are those that say Sig Rogich, still the most powerful man in the state bar none, his PR firm and Mr. Rogich have given the UFC assistance. With these guys pushing your agenda in a state in which they are all so individually powerful, it’s tough for the UFC to not have control of matters pertaining to them.
“RANDOM DRUG TESTING WOULD KILL UFC”
This quote comes from a medical professional, that the UFC fighters, if they were subjected to random testing, in this case we’re talking urine, it would wipe out the roster! Having already spelled out the current testing process and essentially how easy it is to beat, I think that there is no limit to the power that Dana White and the UFC hold in Nevada. That being the case, I don’t expect Nevada to go with any “state of the art” testing period! Were they to do so, it would totally dismiss my notion that the Nevada Athletic Commission is blind on drugs, drug testing, and in the pockets of the UFC.