Between calling TRT ‘good’ and freaking out over the suggestion that the UFC take on random drug testing, Dana White hasn’t exactly positioned himself as the guy who’s going to fix MMA’s steroid problems. Sure, he comes down like a ton of bricks on athletes who test positive, but when it comes to closing the gaping procedural holes that allow many fighters to dope with impunity, he hasn’t had a lot to say. Until Saturday night:
“Believe me when I tell you, we are going to [expletive] come down on this thing,” White said following Saturday’s UFC 145 press conference at Atlanta’s Philips Arena. “We are going to do it.”
“I love when the media comes after us about all the steroid and testosterone [expletive],” White said. “I’m going to say it again: We’re the [expletive] platinum standard for this [expletive] in all of sports. We are. We test when we don’t need to test. We do [expletive] that we don’t need to do. We go above and beyond to make this thing right, and do you think – for example, look at the spot we’re sitting in right now. Do you think we don’t give a [expletive] about this? We don’t want anybody doing this stuff. We don’t want anybody using banned substances or drugs or anything else. It destroys everything – not only questions about the credibility of the sport and everything else, but it destroys big fights. Everybody was excited for this fight and wanted to see it.
“Listen, there’s a lot of people who like to talk [expletive] about us. We’ve done a lot of great things in the last 11 years with this sport, from building it to what it is today, guys making [expletive]loads of money, health insurance for all the fighters, getting on FOX. We’ve done things that people said we would never, ever [expletive] do. We’ve accomplished all these things. Whether it’s fighter safety or whatever it is, we always do the right thing, and we come out with what I think is the best way to handle it.”
And while White has been ultra-resistant to calls for a UFC-run random-testing program, the UFC boss did admit there may be an opportunity for the promotion to link in some outside help in governing PED use in the sport.
“Is it me running around and testing 375 fighters all over the world?” White asked. “No. You guys can talk all the [expletive] you want about that. It’s not going to happen, but we will figure something out. Maybe it’s WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).”
Aaaaw yeah, a WADA shoutout! I like the progress we’re making. A year ago there was pressure to keep WADA guidelines out of MMA testing. Now Dana White is floating the idea of a WADA testing takeover. It’s not going to magically fix MMA’s PED problems, but it goes a long way towards making testing and prevention less of a joke.
(cool dana pic via theMatthewBlack)