(I do this because I love you, Josh.)
At yesterday’s pre-UFC 115 press conference, UFC president Dana White pulled no punches while expressing his opinion of Josh Koscheck‘s recent suggestion that Olympic-style drug testing should be used in the weeks leading up to his end of year showdown with Georges St-Pierre.
"I think that’s what an athletic commission is for. The athletic commissions have been around for a long time. When fighters start talking about other guys being drug tested? Shut up. Worry about you. It’s been a long time since somebody [on our roster] tested positive for steroids. When we first took over, guys were popping here and there and I said, ‘You have to be a moron to do steroids in this sport.’ It’s just dumb."
Koscheck intimated in the interview with MMAJunkie earlier this week that the dominant UFC welterweight champ is a regular user of performance enhancing drugs and said that the only way to level the playing field for their fight would be to institute US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) protocol testing like Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley were subject to prior to their May 1 bout.
Two days after making the inflammatory statements, the oft-detested fighter retracted his statement, chalking up the accusations as pre-fight posturing. Not sure how demanding more stringent drug testing is classified as verbal warfare, but whatever.
It’s likely that White was the reason that Koscheck backtracked on his claims and rightfully so since the unfounded allegations cast a negative light on not only one of his champions, but also the promotion and the sport.
We discussed the issue on the premiere episode of "The Bum Rush Radio Show," and we guessed that Dana probably wasn’t happy with Kos’ loose lips and it was plausible that he was the impetus behind the retraction, which would likely come out during his UFC 115 interviews. So I guess you can say CP Radio can predict the future.