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B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald both agree to additional drug testing before bout at UFC 152

Plenty of criticism has been aimed at the lackluster drug testing provided by athletic commissions regulating Mixed Martial Arts. The relative lack of random screenings coupled with today’s modern science have left many fans (and even fighters) questioning how many competitors are using performance enhancing substances without ever getting caught.

As such, welterweights B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald have both volunteered to submit to additional testing from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) involving two months of random blood/urine analysis. Results will be sent along to the Association of Boxing Commissions, the Ontario athletic commission, and the UFC.

VADA announced Penn’s participation while MacDonald’s management confirmed his role to MMAJunkie.

Penn-MacDonald are scheduled to meet on September 22 and UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The bout marks the first time a pair of fighters have openly agree to increased scrutiny in hopes of sending a message to the public, their employers, and their peers.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    Who pays for this level of testing?

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Obviously the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, I think all fighters should be subject to random blood and urine tests during the last few months leading up to the date. This strategy will catch all the fighters who go on cycles of PED use. Fighters like Cyborg got away with it for too long

  • MickeyC says:

    I agree. there will come a time when zuffa puts these types of test stipulations in fighters contracts.

  • Rece Rock says:

    If fighters were smart they’d make adjustments to there “regiment” now instead of waiting for this type of testing to be mandatory… I think more fighters then we think are partaking in some sort of PED and that’s what will eventually push this sport back to the dark ages.


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