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UFC Anti-Doping Policy Is Still A ‘Flawed System’, Says McGregor

Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor has remarked the UFC's new anti-doping policy under USADA needs some changes. The UFC interim featherweight champion called the anti-doping program of USADA "flawed" at a media launch.


McGregor commented that the group that tested him in Dublin was the Irish Sports Council. McGregor said he assumes Jose Aldo was tested by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) just like the USADA hired an Irish company to test him. McGregor added UFC is taking great steps to clean the sport and it is phenomenal what they are doing but it is still a flawed system as he is tested by Irish Sports Council and Jose is getting tested by the Brazilian commission and these are the same people who are requesting for selfies, who train in the gym, who will look the other way when the urine test gets thrown over the shoulder.

The former Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion also took a jibe at Aldo by saying he doesn't feel the need to put pictures of them on Instagram and has been tested eight or nine times leading up to UFC on December 12. Aldo recently posted pictures online of him completing drug tests. McGregor said drug use is common in Brazil and added performance enhancing drugs or anabolic steroids can be easily bought from a chemist in Brazil. The UFC interim featherweight champion added it is part of the Brazilian culture and there is nothing wrong with it as that is just the way they are that is the way life is over there.

McGregor was referring to the incident when Drug Free Sport came to Aldo's gym, Nova Uniao, to test him in advance of UFC 189 for the Nevada Athletic Commission. The trainers of Aldo called police on the sample collector who was told he had an incorrect visa. The next day, a sample was taken from Jose Aldo under supervision of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission. In a memo, Chris Guinty, the Drug Free Sport COO, told NAC executive director Bob Bennett that the CABMMA doping control officer asked Aldo for a picture and autograph after the sample collection was taken.

The 27-year-old McGregor, the #1 ranked featherweight contender and #12 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in official UFC rankings, said he believes the United States Anti-Doping Agency process to be most effective and added that the collections have to be done by an unbiased organization. McGregor, who currently competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, said he feels somebody from outside the nation would have to come.

In this case, the concerns of McGregor might be somewhat unfounded as USADA spokesperson Annie Skinner USADA uses the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency (ABCD) for Brazilian fighters, CABMMA did not collect any samples of Aldo for USADA, and USADA handles all results management thereafter. Skinner added the collection protocols and procedures a UFC athlete experiences in Ireland are the sample protocols and procedures a UFC athlete experiences in Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Australia, or any other location around the world.

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Albert Wolfgang is a professional medical writer with over 20 years of experience. He hold multiple personal training certifications, including the coveted NASM and AFAA certificates. He graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in biochemistry with a minor in physical studies. Albert and his team have trained over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, including Hollywood stars and many up and coming fitness stars.

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