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REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN MMA STEROID TESTING

From Kevin Iole’s MMA mailbag:

Why is steroid testing random? If steroid usage is such a problem right now, why not just test every fighter all the time? That way, the fighters know full well that they’ll be tested. Dana White keeps saying that steroid use is a problem; well, I would think that if the fighters knew that everyone is going to be tested after a fight, they’d think twice about doing it.

Ryan Sarazin
Sudbury, Ont.

All fighters are subject to testing after fights, though not all fighters are tested. But if a fighter is using steroids, he can cycle off in time for a fight and then test clean even though he’s using. By having random testing, when a fighter could be tested at any point during his training camp, he won’t be able to do that.

Did I miss something here? Since when has ‘random testing’ been in practice as Kevin Iole describes? Hey … I’m all for it being like this – like Iole says, the current system of testing is about as easy to pass as a skill testing question for a breakfast cereal sweepstakes. If the UFC (or any organization, for that matter) has actually put random testing in place, then that’s awesome news.

Or it could just be wrong.

**UPDATE** The Yahoo guys have cleaned up the answer and added an ‘IF’ in their post to correct their mistake. I’m waiting for my copy editor check in the mail, guys.

11 COMMENTS
  • intenso says:

    I don’t think he’s saying it IS in place, just that testing at “random” times would be harder to beat than the current system of testing “random” fighters.

  • nsk8381 says:

    Hey Fightlinker,
    I know you love to rip on Kevin so check out this quote.

    “In many respects, it was fortunate that UFC 78 was in New Jersey and not New York. The card, which on paper seemed to be perhaps one of the two or three best of the year going in, was largely lackluster.”
    -Time to bring MMA to the Big Apple- (Kevin’s article)

    I saw this stupidity in one of Kevin’s articles; and actually was surprised that several days passed and you let such an easy attempt to make fun of your favorite Yahoo reporter slip by.
    I’m at work now so I can’t hypothesize to much at how Dana convinced Kevin of the incredible lineup that this card had to offer. I will leave that one up to the highly qualified staff at fightlinker.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    Yeah, it would be a better system, but the way that the response is written is extremely poor since it leads the reader to believe that the author thinks that the random testing in place is as described in the response.

    I wonder how much of Iole’s botched and “inside” information is due to this sort of sloppy writing. Or, possibly he just has no clue whatsoever.

  • Yeah, he says:
    “The problem was, the card should have been in New York at Madison Square Garden. It deserved to be held on sport’s biggest stage.”
    and then follows up with
    “it was fortunate that UFC 78 was in New Jersey and not New York. The card, which on paper seemed to be perhaps one of the two or three best of the year going in, was largely lackluster.”
    but hey, I’m not gonna rag on a guy for sub par writing skills … god knows if I did that i’d have to declare a Punisher-style war on half the mma blogs out there.
    My issue with the statement in this post is the fact that it gives people the false impression that ‘random testing’ is in place. Yeah, sure Iole might have just fucked up how he wanted to write it … I mean, the guy also says “All fighters are subject to testing after fights, though not all fighters are tested”, which kinda sorta makes sense when you think about it for a while. It could have been better written for sure.

  • Atom says:

    In his last article previewing UFC78, he called the card one of the strongest of the year from top to bottom.

    Dumbass.

  • nem0 says:

    Urgh, Iole’s writing makes my head hurt.

    “By having random testing, when a fighter could be tested at any point during his training camp, he won’t be able to do that.”

    So his point is..? The way that’s phrased, it sounds like his next comment would be something like, “Which is why they don’t test, because without random testing, they can pretend fighters don’t cycle! That way everyone’s clean and shiny and a perfect role model, no matter what.”

    Also, for the love of sweet angry jeebus, Yahoo, get Iole a fucking copy editor.

  • Michaelthebox says:

    Top to bottom? Yeah, it was one of the strongest of the year. If Gono, Alves, Lytle, Lauzon, and Aurelio are all on the undercard, thats good. Problem with the card wasn’t the overall quality, it was the lack of two real great top of card fights.

  • marshal says:

    What is their testing regime to other sports? Just let BJ sniff them out.

  • Beau says:

    Go look at it now, Iole fixed the wording.

    “All fighters are subject to testing after fights, though not all fighters are tested. But if a fighter is using steroids, he can cycle off in time for a fight and then test clean even though he’s using. If random testing was instituted, when a fighter could be tested at any point during his training camp, he won’t be able to do that.”

    Now it says IF random testing was instituted.

  • nem0 says:

    It still reads like a tacit approval of cycling…

  • YAY! We’re Kevin’s copy editors now.

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