With the UFC sitting back and saying “We have to abide by what the sanctioning bodies tell us”, I figured we’d never end up seeing random drug testing of MMA fighters outside of the standard pre and post fight stuff. But now it looks like Nevada has taken the lead on this issue and is about to put the fucking smack down on any juicer who plans on fighting in Vegas:
Random testing throughout the year will further deter any fighters considering taking non-approved substances,” said Executive Director Kizer. “The additional testing, which will be paid for by the Commission, will help us keep the sport of unarmed combat safe and fair for all fighters.”
Selection of licensees for testing will be made in one of three ways:
1. Fighters may be randomly chosen for testing.
2. If there is some indication that a fighter is taking a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
3. If a fighter has previously tested positive for using a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
Oh fucking god yes. For those of you unfamiliar with how steroids work, here’s an ultra simplified explanation: all steroids have a half-life, which is to say a point where the steroid can no longer be detected by testing. Most fighters just juice up till that point before a fight so that by the time they get tested, they seem clean. Basically, up until this point the only people getting caught using steroids are the ones who are pretty damned stupid.
Random drug testing on the other hand is going to catch a big fuckload of fighters. Of course, I’m wondering how the tests will be carried out. Is someone from the NSAC going to be flying all over the world testing fighters for upcoming events? Are they simply going to be demanding piss and blood be FedEx’d to them? There’s still the possibility of loopholes that fighters will be able to exploit to avoid getting caught. But overall I’m fucking hyped about this. The last thing I want is the MMA turning into the Tour de France.
(funny side note: I typed ‘steroid user’ into google to find a good title picture for this post and Sean Sherk’s picture came up on the first page of results. I saw that as a sign.)