The UFC has announced two changes to their current drug testing policies to act as deterrents against taking PEDs. The UFC’s VP of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner announced the changes to MMAJunkie. The changes will be put in place quickly, starting with Saturday’s UFC on FX 7.
The first change will see all fighters on international cards tested for PEDs regardless of the presence of a commission. The second change will see fighter bonuses withheld until the results of said tests are available. The includes the UFC’s normal assortment of performance bonuses including “KO of the Night,” “Submission of the Night,” and “Fight of the Night.”
This weekend’s card will feature a newly formed athletic commission established by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).
The UFC currently requires that all fighters are tested prior to the promotion and are explicitly forbidden from taking banned drugs (including PEDs or “drugs of abuse”). Random out of competition testing is still not in effect, however the UFC is taking the steps to start making positive changes.
The UFC, which has previously handled all testing for events outside the jurisdiction of a commission, has seen positive tests on their last three cards outside of North America. With some of the fighters involved receiving bonus money before their tests results were announced.