Plenty of criticism has been aimed at the lackluster drug testing provided by athletic commissions regulating Mixed Martial Arts. The relative lack of random screenings coupled with today’s modern science have left many fans (and even fighters) questioning how many competitors are using performance enhancing substances without ever getting caught.
As such, welterweights B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald have both volunteered to submit to additional testing from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) involving two months of random blood/urine analysis. Results will be sent along to the Association of Boxing Commissions, the Ontario athletic commission, and the UFC.
VADA announced Penn’s participation while MacDonald’s management confirmed his role to MMAJunkie.
Penn-MacDonald are scheduled to meet on September 22 and UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The bout marks the first time a pair of fighters have openly agree to increased scrutiny in hopes of sending a message to the public, their employers, and their peers.
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