The Baldfather hasn’t exactly been a knight in shining armor up to this point when it comes to steroids. Not only has he constantly foisted responsibility for that off to the ‘platinum standard’ of athletic commissions, he went so far as to say testosterone replacement therapy was a good thing.
Perhaps he’s been noticing the magic dying in the hearts of fans everywhere over the topic, because he just confirmed to the LA Times that the UFC is gonna do something about testing:
“The steroid, [performance-enhancing drug] thing affects the whole sport. The key is to make sure these guys never get on it, because once they do, they change. The problem with Overeem is that I want to sit in a room with him man to man and believe him. He told me before he ever fought for us, ‘Don’t worry, I’m the most tested athlete in sports.’ But I think we have about 42 fights a year . . . you have a guy or two popping [positive tests] here and there, that’s a pretty good ratio.”
Do you want to increase testing?
“Yes. We’re going to do our own testing, order these guys into [a lab]; we’re sorting it out now. You have to do this to save the sport. You can’t have these guys fighting on this stuff.”
What an improvement over two month ago where he bristled at the idea of personally managing the regular testing of over 300 athletes. Perhaps someone explained to him that he can delegate that job to someone else in the company or to an outside entity like WADA or VADA.
VADA is the organization that’s recently been handling some high profile testing for boxing, with … well, the kind of results you’d expect from effective drug policing. Whether this would save the sport of MMA or just drag it further into the muck is another question.