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Don’t Worry, BJ Penn Will Clean Up MMA’s Steroid Problem Himself If He Has To


(Careful, BJ — drinking Sean Sherk‘s blood is one of the easiest ways to get a false positive.)

In a Floyd Mayweather-esque bit of gamesmanship, BJ Penn went on twitter yesterday to make a unique “offer” to his next opponent, welterweight prodigy Rory MacDonald:

“VADA anti-doping has offered to sponsor our upcoming fight. I’ve accepted and invite you to help me clean up the sport. VADA results will be released after the fight to ensure that the fight happens. Lets get started asap!!”

You see what he did there? If Rory refuses to undergo VADA’s voluntary PED screenings, well then he’s a doper, and by extension, all the accusations that Penn previously made about MacDonald’s mentor Georges St. Pierre were accurate, and BJ Penn is the last honest man in the sport. (Like the fight itself, this whole VADA business just seems to be a way for Penn to stick it to his old buddy GSP.)

And how about this “results will be released after the fight to ensure that the fight happens” business? Translation: “Even if you decide to use steroids during this training camp, nobody has to know until after the fight, and we can both still get paid, so it’s totally cool.” Is that supposed to make us feel better about VADA’s legitimacy, or Penn’s commitment to fair competition? How is this going to “clean up the sport” if the fight could theoretically still proceed with at least one of the fighters using performance enhancing drugs? What’s Penn’s angle here, outside of self-promotion?

Luckily, MacDonald has already responded to this mess: “already worried BJ? honestly i think its a great idea 2, and im ready to do the testing for our fight as well.”

Now, whether or not the UFC will actually allow Penn and MacDonald to go rogue and conduct their own drug testing outside of the athletic commissions is beside the point, I guess. But it’s nice to see MacDonald call Penn’s bluff. Once again, I’m reminded of the eerie prophecy that Penn made at the end of this classic clip. MacDonald is that 12-year-old kid, finally meeting up with the original “Prodigy” at the end of his career. No amount of fight-stipulations in the world are going to prevent the inevitable from happening.

Penn vs. MacDonald is slated to go down at UFC 152, September 22nd at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Mr_Misanthropy- June 28, 2012 at 1:08 am
Sherkblood...hmm...
Mr_Misanthropy- June 28, 2012 at 1:07 am
...as Alistair Overoids files down his canines and saddles up his big blue ox to head on out to Minnesota...
sicx- June 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm
Cagepotato is always so bias against BJ Penn. I heard this website was based out of Canada, but come on. At least when you go to bjpenn.com you don't hear them honking his bo bo. Look at there fighter rankings... fair coverage. Could it be he is purely against steroid use and this wasn't even about GSP?
sicx- June 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm
VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) an independent organization founded to offer and promote effective anti-doping programs in boxing and mixed martial arts, contacted BJ Penn directly 2 weeks ago and requested the former UFC champion to be the first UFC fighter to go through the voluntary participation.

Dear Mr. Penn,

The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) selectively offers sponsorships to combat sports athletes who we believe would make outstanding representatives for clean sport. Typically, our sponsorship programs are offered to both participants in a scheduled event and include an 8-10 week period of random, unannounced blood and urine tests leading up to their bout.

Your long and successful history in MMA as an outspoken advocate for drug free sport would make it an honor for VADA to sponsor you and your opponent, Rory MacDonald, for UFC 152….
Mdollas- June 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm
Rory will gladly take the test to prove to everyone hes legit...If the ufc lets them and BJ is serious about it, rory will have no issues, and still be taking out bj in convincing fashion...yep
dillsapldorf- June 27, 2012 at 11:08 am
rory macdonald isn't bout to take a voluntary piss test. guarantee! pay attention to the VADA thingy not happening...macdonald will get out of it somehow. rory 'roid ragin' macdonald!
RearNakedSpoon- June 27, 2012 at 10:40 am
"We're going to go to the death" Penn says in the clip. "I'm not going to stop."
It would be very ironic (again^) if Penn pissed hot with the commissions testing.
blackboxmma- June 27, 2012 at 9:04 am
Rory" Bacne" MacDonald will get his ass kicked without juice. As will most.
shatterproof- June 27, 2012 at 8:56 am
Pointless. Just like fighting his emotional appeals to athletic commissions, everyone knows that BJ's mom takes his steroids for him.
benhamil- June 27, 2012 at 8:05 am
"already worried BJ?"

/win
Fried Taco- June 27, 2012 at 7:45 am
War VADA!!! Penn doesn't want the report showing high-levels of Kalua Pua'a to be released before the fight. He needs it as an excuse for losing afterwards.
towelie- June 27, 2012 at 10:35 am
my chick is HI'an. I love this stuff.
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