Former UFC champion BJ Penn made news when he announced that he was going to be sponsored by the non-profit Voluntary Anti-Doping Association for his bout with Rory MacDonald. The two will meet later this year at UFC 152.
MacDonald agreed to do the testing with Penn in an attempt to help clean up the sport. However, issues have started to come about because VADA releases the results before the fight, and “The Prodigy” doesn’t want something to cause the match to be called off.
“VADA contacted me to talk about doing their testing,” said Penn, during a recent media session (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “Right away, I was for it. But I was talking to them, and we were talking about the process. This isn’t an amateur sport. What I expressed to VADA was that results need to be released after the fight, but VADA wants to do it before the fight, and I said, ‘I’m not trying to put the UFC’s fight in danger by doing that.’ I said, ‘What’s the problem? Let’s do the results after the fight.'”
Penn said he will continue to try and get VADA to allow the testing, and have the results released after. He has even offered to pay for the process to be completed.