Alves-Condit not tested prior to UFC Fight Night 67

May 30, 2015

MMA Junkie reports that UFC Fight Night 67 main eventers Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves have not been drug tested by the Brazilian athletic commission, the Comissao Atletica Brazileira de MMA (CABMMA) prior to their fight Saturday.  The commission indicated that all of the fighters on the card would be tested on fight night but none of the fighters have been tested prior to their fights.

At a time when the UFC has lobbied for tighter rules with fighter drug testing, we see a probable issue in the implementation of its new policy that will go into effect July 1.  While Nevada and California have passed stricter rules and harsher penalties, the question of drug testing overseas may be an issue.

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Although the UFC pledged to fund commissions like CABMMA, the question of how much and what oversight will take place to ensure that the UFC’s policy is administered and enforced remains a question.  The UFC indicated that it would enlist a third-party to assist in the drug testing and regulation but none has been identified at this point.  While the recent moves by the NSAC and the CSAC are positive signs for the UFC, it will be interesting to see how the UFC works with international governing bodies to ensure its policies are enforced.  When the UFC heads to new areas (e.g., South Korea), it will be interesting to see how it will handle its new drug policy.

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