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Dana White is gonna “come down on this thing”

Between calling TRT ‘good’ and freaking out over the suggestion that the UFC take on random drug testing, Dana White hasn’t exactly positioned himself as the guy who’s going to fix MMA’s steroid problems. Sure, he comes down like a ton of bricks on athletes who test positive, but when it comes to closing the gaping procedural holes that allow many fighters to dope with impunity, he hasn’t had a lot to say. Until Saturday night:

“Believe me when I tell you, we are going to [expletive] come down on this thing,” White said following Saturday’s UFC 145 press conference at Atlanta’s Philips Arena. “We are going to do it.”

“I love when the media comes after us about all the steroid and testosterone [expletive],” White said. “I’m going to say it again: We’re the [expletive] platinum standard for this [expletive] in all of sports. We are. We test when we don’t need to test. We do [expletive] that we don’t need to do. We go above and beyond to make this thing right, and do you think – for example, look at the spot we’re sitting in right now. Do you think we don’t give a [expletive] about this? We don’t want anybody doing this stuff. We don’t want anybody using banned substances or drugs or anything else. It destroys everything – not only questions about the credibility of the sport and everything else, but it destroys big fights. Everybody was excited for this fight and wanted to see it.

“Listen, there’s a lot of people who like to talk [expletive] about us. We’ve done a lot of great things in the last 11 years with this sport, from building it to what it is today, guys making [expletive]loads of money, health insurance for all the fighters, getting on FOX. We’ve done things that people said we would never, ever [expletive] do. We’ve accomplished all these things. Whether it’s fighter safety or whatever it is, we always do the right thing, and we come out with what I think is the best way to handle it.”

And while White has been ultra-resistant to calls for a UFC-run random-testing program, the UFC boss did admit there may be an opportunity for the promotion to link in some outside help in governing PED use in the sport.

“Is it me running around and testing 375 fighters all over the world?” White asked. “No. You guys can talk all the [expletive] you want about that. It’s not going to happen, but we will figure something out. Maybe it’s WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).”

Aaaaw yeah, a WADA shoutout! I like the progress we’re making. A year ago there was pressure to keep WADA guidelines out of MMA testing. Now Dana White is floating the idea of a WADA testing takeover. It’s not going to magically fix MMA’s PED problems, but it goes a long way towards making testing and prevention less of a joke.

(cool dana pic via theMatthewBlack)

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Not sure if serious.

  • Stever

    I no longer care about juice in MMA.

  • Kalle

    I wonder if he really believes this whole platinum standard of testing bs he’s spouting. If that’sreally  the case he should have a talk with the US Track and Field team sometime and hear what they have to go through. 

    But more likely it’s just Dana being a promoter and giving the UFC some cover before one of their champions pisses hot and it gets some real media attention. Dana dodged a bullet when Sonnen lost and another when Overeem got caught before the fight, I’m sure Dana doesn’t sleep easy when he thinks of a UFC HW champion stripped of his belt for doping. 

  • thingvolds

    guys can just do test prop or something with very short esters, and  then stuff thats not tested for like hgh.  no big deal.  only real drawback is with the short ester stuff, you lose the chemical strength advantage quickly, but retail the power gained through the excess quality muscle put on during the cycle.  it can never be clean, but it can certainly be made less obvious which is all that can reasonably be expected at this time.

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  • thingvolds

    retail = retain**

  • variable

    Comprehensive testing will happen on the day that; Dana White fulfills his promise to base jump off the Mandalay, a fighters union is formed, or Bob Sapp doesn’t take a dive, whichever comes first.

  • LetmeAssyouaQuestion

    “Now Dana White is floating the idea of a WADA testing takeover.”

    That would be nice.
    Put some respect back into this thing.

    But we’re not supposed to start believing the shit coming out of dana’s mouth are we?

  • Jeremy

    Dana is on TRT. Enough said.

  • Jenny

    I am also not sure it is serious, but it sounds so convincing and promising that I really want to believe it is true.

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