Zuffa is making the crack down on Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) a big priority in 2012.
They furthered this notion by today announcing that any new signee will be faced with a PED screening process before making the contract official.
“We’re committed to the health and safety of our athletes and we take it very seriously,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said in a press release. “We already work closely with athletic commissions to protect our athletes and now we’re taking it one step further. We’re going to test any potential UFC or STRIKEFORCE fighter before finalizing their contract. This shows that we don’t want performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.”
Hours prior to this announcement, news broke that former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Champion and wrestling standout Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal had tested positive for a banned substance after a successful outing against Lorenz Larkin on January 7.
Recently, Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos tested positive for PED’s and was suspended for one year, along with being stripped of her world championship.
Along with new fighters being tested, current roster members will continue to be tested regularly before and after fights as well as randomly throughout the year.
Included in this act will be all potential Ultimate Fighter candidates entering the show.
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