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According to Zuffa, All UFC 129 Drug Tests Came Back Clean

(If the OAC wants to be taken seriously, it can’t expect promotions to self-regulate.)

If you recall, we reported after UFC 129 that the Ontario Athletic Commission had passed the buck in terms of post-fight drug testing to Zuffa for the April 30 event held in Toronto and that the UFC had hired an unnamed independent laboratory to look after testing the fighters on the historic card.

According to UFC Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, who responded to a request from today for test results from the event, all of the samples came back clean two weeks ago “for both [performance enhancing drugs] and illegal street drugs.”

This isn’t the first time that the UFC has administered its own tests. An independent lab discovered that Chris Leben had the anabolic steroid Stanazolol in his system for his UFC 89 loss to Michael Bisping October 18, 2008. He was handed a nine-month suspension from Zuffa for his indiscretion.

What’s of note is that the results of the UFC 129 tests were not made public by the Ontario Athletic Commission, which begs the question: Is the OAC properly regulating the sport in the province, or are they depending on promotions to self regulate?

Part of the OAC’s mandate in sanctioning MMA in the province was that it would provide drug testing for promotions that require it of its fighters. Right off the bat they dropped the ball with the first promotion that required testing.

What other rules are being overlooked by the established commission that many feel is ill-equipped to handle regulating MMA as it stands today due to deficiencies in manpower, experience and knowledge of the sport?

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ProfessorMMA- June 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Fuck you Karma! You were wrong bitch! Stop being a jealous ho, it looks bad on you dipshit.
df42- June 8, 2011 at 10:43 am
Just to clarify, Olympic athletes are not test by some random company they MUST be tested by a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited lab. WADA is the highest standard of testing, the Canadian Branch is called the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.

I am actually shocked that Ontario dropped the ball as the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports has shown up at local IPF affilate powerlifting meets to test athletes. Could it be that the UFC did not want their athletes to be required to pass such stringent tests? I know that a WADA test cost four to five hundred where some labs cost a hundred dollars.
danomite- June 8, 2011 at 7:23 am
has anyone ever shit in the pee cups?
Bob Reilly- June 8, 2011 at 3:21 am
Yeah. Us tools use a lot of bad grammar.
RwilsonR- June 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm
@ MRuss - Honestly, man, I think this is much ado about nothing. Not saying you don't have a point, and I may even agree with that point, but unless there are systemic changes being made across all of MMA, I don't think that much legitimacy is gained or lost for the sport whoever does the testing in a location visited infrequently by the UFC.
Should the Ontario AC do its job? Yes.
Is anyone really going to care that they didn't, and will it affect the sport or its growth in any way? No.
macreadysshack- June 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm
It doesn't seem like a big deal . . . I think this kind of thing only illustrates that the sport is in its infancy. Patience, grasshopper. Still, it's worth mentioning so they do eventually get off their asses and do it right. Yeah, so basically I have nothing to further the conversation.
macreadysshack- June 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm
@ Bob Reilly, lol, man, get your grammar right. You mean, 'I, Canadian as you and like other Canadians who are, say a lot of things'. Jesus, what a tool.
Bob Reilly- June 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Yeah. Us Canadians say a lot of things.
Mike Russell- June 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm
And I have no problem with the use of independent labs, but the organization should not be seeking out said lab and footing the bill. That's where the conflict comes in.

Never did I say that the government needs to "control drug testing," but they should be in control of enforcing THEIR OWN rules and regulations at all times, and not just assume that a promotion will do it.

FYI, the Olympics use WADA, not just some lab in the city the games are in.

I'm not insinuating that the UFC are hiding the results or anything like that. As I mentioned, they've caught a few fighters in the past. What I am saying is that it's the AC's responsibility to test and it shouldn't fall on the promotion's shoulders.
Pen Fifteen- June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Private testing is fine for major league sports because the average fan is too stupid to see the glaring conflict of interest that those systems possess. MMA, like other "sports" is a business, and those businesses will only go as far to protect that "integrity" of the sport as far as people give a shit about it. Presumably, it is a bigger issue in MMA as well because cheating directly impacts your ability to hurt your opponent which is not the explicit goal of other mainstream pro sports (even if it is the implicit goal of football).
Mike Russell- June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm
@Cronk Would your opinion be the same if you hadn't been an intern with the UFC?
Cronk- June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm
Every major sport hires independent drug testing firms. Why is private testing fine for football players, baseball players, and Olympic athletes, but the government must control MMA drug testing?

The UFC has shown a willingness to punish high-profile fighters for using drugs or otherwise misbehaving. I don't see a problem.
The_Dead_Cow- June 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm
1$ piss shots, get em while they're hot!
Vovchanchyn Check- June 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Alternative pic caption:
Lyoto makes celebratory cocktails
frndlylion- June 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm
This issue isnt going to go away. There will always be people who try to cheat. I dont condone it, just know that it happens. I do not think the olympic testing methods are effective either. There will always be a way around any test.