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Wednesday 25, Feb 2015

  UFC Announces Anti-Doping Plan

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world, has announced a multimillion-dollar anti-doping plan after fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard were temporarily suspended for failed drug tests.

Effective July 1, all fighters will be subject to random performance-enhancing drug testing. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta remarked the world’s leading MMA promotion will urge athletic commissions to impose more severe doping penalties. The UFC CEO went on to remark that he supports the idea of a two-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency for first-time offenders and increasing the ban to four years if WADA goes that route. Fertitta said our current methods are catching athletes using PEDs and added although we feel confident that the in-competition has been effective, we recognize the need for a more robust out-of-competition plan in accordance with athletic commissions and regulatory bodies.

The UFC CEO also said we can do better and added we have all seen similar challenges in the world of sports. And consequently we see that the UFC is no more immune to performance-enhancing drug use than any other major sport. He added the UFC spent approximately $500,000 on drug testing in 2013 and 2014 and was now willing to spend “several million dollars” for both in- and out-of-competition testing. Fertitta also remarked the UFC expected to administer around 984 tests a year, based on 41 events.

Georges St-Pierre, a longtime advocate for more of drug testing, appreciated the announcement. The former welterweight champion said the announcement is clearly a big step in the right direction for our sport and added he is very happy to learn about the UFC announcing a new comprehensive random PED testing.

California state athletic commission executive director Andy Foster said it is one thing for the UFC to snap its fingers and announce a major change but added state regulatory agencies don’t always work so quickly, nor should they. Nevada state athletic commission executive director Bob Bennett remarked a four-year suspension would be a phenomenal deterrent, especially in this sport as it would make a fighter think twice.

The UFC announcement was also appreciated by Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Executive Director Greg Sirb. He remarked you have got to give them some credit for jumping ahead and doing something on an issue as serious as this. Sirb added at least they’re being proactive on this, which is good and added but each commission has its own state or tribal laws and regulations and so whatever the UFC comes up with, they’re going to have to have it adopted by every state commission. Sirb also remarked his thought would be that the suspension would go to the MMA database as well as the national boxing database, so when that fighter’s name comes up for a card, that’s good information for the commission. He also remarked he likes the idea of them putting that information out there, telling us who tested positive, for what and when and we may not want to license him.

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Saturday 25, Jan 2014

  Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

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Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, has claimed that he walked away from the UFC because of the promotion’s stance toward testing for performance enhancing drugs. St-Pierre recently said a lack of strenuous drug testing was one of the factors that led to his decision to step away from the sport.

The UFC fighter tried to get Hendricks to agree to random, unannounced drug testing prior to his fight at UFC 167 on November 16 with Johny Hendricks. Hendricks agreed initially but then decided not to and said he wanted the testing to be administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, St-Pierre had arranged the deal with the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and went through the testing himself and passed all of the tests he was given. Georges St-Pierre believed that the UFC didn’t supported hum in this efforts of implementing the testing that prompted UFC president Dana White to call the situation “weird” during an interview.

St-Pierre went on to remark that he is still undecided on whether or not to make a return to the sport that he dominated for as many as seven years. The fighter remarked he would not make enhanced drug testing a condition of his return.

Meanwhile, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said he was disappointed to learn of the comments of St-Pierre and said he would call on the fighter once he is done with reading all of the stories from the interview St-Pierre gave. The UFC CEO went on to remark that UFC has a very, very strong stance against any performance enhancing drugs and it would surely be supporting whatever drug testing a state athletic commission would request of a UFC fighter. He also remarked that he would be fully supportive even if a commission wanted to test UFC fighters both before and after a fight.

Fertitta also pointed that UFC paid for enhanced testing for both Travis Browne and Josh Barnett prior to their bout at UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas. Fertitta added that the topic of drug testing did not surface when Georges informed the promotion he was vacating the title in December. He said we have made it clear, through presentations at various athletic commissions, that we advocate for the most rigorous drug testing possible and we’ve actually advocated for harsher penalties for PEDs. The UFC CEO and co-owner also said the UFC never has turned down a request from an athletic commission to pay for additional drug testing. Fertitta also remarked that maybe Georges didn’t understand the level of drug testing Nevada was doing and they are the ultimate authority that handles drug testing, medicals and everything else — and they are very capable. Fertitta also went on to say that we obviously know there are some athletes that do cheat, but we are catching them and hopefully, because the penalties for being caught have gone to the extent they have — monetary, suspensions, and revocations of licenses – it is convincing these guys it’s not worth it.

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Wednesday 27, Aug 2008

  Georges St. Pierre- B.J. Penn rematch on the works

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gsp-bj-pennAnother explosive battle between welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn might take place next year, according to St. Pierre’s manager Shari Spencer.

In a recent radio interview, Spencer confirmed that a repeat encounter could happen on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

“That’s my understanding,” said Spencer. “I know [UFC President] Dana [White] has been announcing it publicly. We haven’t officially signed a bout agreement, but everything is pointing toward January 31 in Vegas against B.J. Penn.”

In March 2006 at UFC 58 USA Versus Canada, St. Pierre won via a split decision over Penn.  The 29-year-old Penn currently holds UFC’s lightweight championship belt and fans want to see these two fighters deliver classic octagon action.

Spencer confirmed news of the planned 170-pound title bout on the heels of intensive renegotiations with Zuffa LLC, parent company to the UFC, to retain St. Pierre’s services.

“We’ve been in long discussions with the UFC for several months,” said Spencer. “I am not at liberty to say anything right now. But there should be some news coming out regarding that very shortly.”

St. Pierre’s recent bout earned him a unanimous decision over Jon Fitch at UFC 87 Seek and Destroy last August 9. After that match, the Canadian fighter had one fight remaining on his contract with UFC. And there had been rumors the “Rush” might end up with opposing promotion, particularly Affliction Entertainment. Now that St. Pierre’s services had been retained by UFC the rumors have been dispelled.

BJ Penn is coming off a win over Sean Sherk, who was suspended from the UFC and lost the UFC lightweight title due to testing positive for anabolic steroids.  He denied using steroids and stuck to his story.  The anti-steroid BJ Penn slammed Sean Sherk for steroid use, but couldn’t go further.  He defeated Sean Sherk but didn’t defeat the rumor about Sherks’ steroid use.  Of course in MMA/UFC and every other sport, HGH is widely used because there is no test for it – and judging by BJ Penns’ big forehead, he’s a HGH lover!